Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 29
With PDP leader and former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti remaining under continued detention for almost 14 months, the Supreme Court on Tuesday sought to know from the government how long it wanted to keep her under preventive detention.
“How long do you propose to continue the detention,” a Bench headed by Justice SK Kaul asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.
Noting that detention could not be forever, the Bench said “some via media” should be explored. It sought to know the maximum period for which a person could be detained.
The stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) had been slapped on former Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti and former IAS officer and Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement leader Shah Faesal and several others. Abdullahs and Faesal have been released.
The top court is seized of a petition filed by the PDP president’s daughter Iltija Mufti against her mother’s detention under the PSA. The court had on February 26 issued notice to the Centre and the J&K Administration.
On Tuesday, Mehta told the top court that the Centre had filed its reply to Iltija’s petition. But the Bench said it had not received a copy of the affidavit.
The court posted the matter for hearing on October 15 as Iltija sought permission to file an amended petition.