Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah’s sister Sara Abdullah Pilot has challenged his detention and charges under the stringent Public Safety Act before the Supreme Court. Sara is wife of Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister , Sachin Pilot.
Sara Abdullah Pilot has said her brother’s arrest is a violation of the constitutional right to freedom of speech and is part of a “consistent and concerted effort to muzzle all political rivals”.
The grounds of detention against Omar Abdullah, who was J&K chief minister from 2009-14, state that on the eve of re-organisation of the state he had made attempts to provoke general masses against the dilution of articles 370 and 35-A.
Omar Abdullah, detained without charges since August 5, when the government ended special status to Jammu and Kashmir by removing Article 370 and Article 35 A , was formally placed under detention under the PSA last week.