Rahul Gandhi accuses Centre of ‘illegally’ detaining Mehbooba Mufti, Union minister reminds him history


Day after the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) authorities extended the detention of PDP chief and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused the Central government of “damaging” the democracy by “illegally” detaining political leaders.

Mehbooba Mufti, who has been held since August 5, 2019, when the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was withdrawn, is among the top political leaders who have spent almost a year in detention. On Friday, her detention was extended by three months.

Pitching for Mehbooba Mufti’s release from house arrest, Rahul Gandhi, in a tweet, said, “India’s democracy is damaged when GOI illegally detains political leaders. It’s high time Mehbooba Mufti is released.”

As Rahul Gandhi targeted the Central government for “illegally” detaining Mehbooba Mufti, Union Minister Jitendra Singh took a dig at the Congress leader by reminding him about the “infamous” history of the detention of Sheikh Abdullah during the Congress regime.

Jitendra Singh said, “If someone could teach @RahulGandhi the infamous history of Nehruvian times, he would learn that his great grandfather and the then PM Jawaharlal Nehru had disposed off Sheikh Abdullah for house arrest 2,000 km away in distant confines of Tamil Nadu for as long as around 12 years.”


Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday said the extension of PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti’s detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) is an “abuse of law” and “assault” on the constitutional rights of every citizen of the country.

Wondering how a 61-year-old former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister is a threat to public safety, he sought her immediate release from detention.

“The extension of the detention of Ms Mehbooba Mufti under PSA is an abuse of law and an assault on the Constitutional rights guaranteed to every citizen,” the former Union minister wrote on Twitter.

“How is the 61-year-old former chief minister, a protected person under security guard round the clock, a threat to public safety?” he asked.

The former home minister said the PDP leader rightly rejected the offer to be released on conditions, which any self-respecting political leader would do. He said one of the reasons given for her detention — the colour of her party’s flag — is “laughable”.


People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone was on Friday released from house arrest in Srinagar just five days short of a year after he was detained when the Centre scrapped the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Sajad Lone shared the news of his release on Twitter and said, “I am a free man”.

Taking to Twitter, Sajad Lone wrote, “Finally 5 days short of a year I have been officially informed that I am a free man. So much has changed. So have I. Jail was not a new experience. Earlier ones were harsh with usual doses of physical torture. But this was psychologically draining. Much to share hopefully soon”.

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