Instructing the Jammu and Kashmir government to respond to Iltija Mufti’s fresh plea challenging the detention of her mother and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, the apex court on Tuesday turned furious stating that the detention cannot be forever.
“This question has come up during a previous matter too. For how long can you detain people? Can it be for more than a year? Detention cannot be forever,” questioned the bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul. The bench also asked the law officer whether it was permissible to detain someone under the Public Safety Act for over a year.
The top court today gave two weeks’ time to the Jammu and Kashmir administration to give its stand on how long Mehbooba Mufti can be kept in custody. Meanwhile, the apex court permitted Iltija and her uncle to meet Mehbooba Mufti In her detention.
It can be noted that Mehbooba Mufti, the chief of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been in detention for over a year after was arrested on the eve of the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and its bifurcation into two Union Territories on August 5 last year.
Iltija Mufti had approached the Supreme Court seeking her mother’s release as former Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, who had been under house arrest since August last year, have already been released.