High time former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti is released, says Rahul Gandhi

 thehindu.com  08/02/2020 13:57:42  2

Rahul Gandhi   | Photo Credit: PTI

Demanding the release of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said Indias democracy is damaged when political leaders are illegally detained.

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The PDP leader has been in detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) since J&Ks special status under Article 370 was removed last August and the State was bifurcated into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Indias democracy is damaged when GOI illegally detains political leaders. Its high time Mehbooba Mufti is released, Mr. Gandhi said on Twitter.

Last Friday, the J&K administration extended her detention under the PSA by another three months.

An abuse of law: Chidambaram

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Mr. Chidambaram called the extension an abuse of law and an assault on the Constitutional rights guaranteed to every citizen.

How could a 61-year-old former Chief Minister, a protected person under security guard round the clock, be a threat to public safety, Mr. Chidambaram asked.

She rightly rejected the offer to release her on conditions which any self-respecting political leader would refuse. One of the reasons given for her detention  the colour of her partys flag  was laughable, he said.

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