Farooq Abdullah to be released, J&K govt revokes detention
The former Chief Minister and National Conference leader had been charged under the Public Safety Act (PSA)
The detention of former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Dr Farooq Abdullah was revoked by the Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday. He had been under detention since August 5, 2019, when the government scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370.
The former Chief Minister was charged under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in September last year.
“In exercise of powers conferred under Section 19(1) of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978, the government hereby revokes the detention order bearing No. DMS/PSA/120/2019 issued by District Magistrate, Srinagar,” the order issued by Jammu and Kashmir’s Principal Secretary Home Shaleen Kabra said.
The decision to revoke Dr Abdullah’s detention was announced by Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal. Two other former Chief Ministers, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, had also been placed under detention by the government.