Former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti released from detention, her PSA revoked

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is being released from preventive detention after over a year as the J&K government today revoked her PSA detention, officials in the UT administration said.

They said that the J&K government’s Home department this evening revoked the PSA detention order of the PDP chief. She was detained hours before the Centre revoked Article 370 and reorganised J&K into two Union Territories on August 5, 2019. “Her PSA has been revoked,” J&K government spokesman Rohit Kansal said.

Kansal also tweeted that Mehbooba is being released. An order issued by Principal Secretary to the Government, Home Department, Shaleen Kabra read: “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/147/2020 dated 5-2-2020 issued by the district magistrate, Srinagar which was last extended for a period of three months vide government order number Home/PB-V/1`449 of 2020 dated 31-07-2020 of Mehbooba Mufti D/o Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed R/o /Bijbehara at present Nowgam Srinagar with immediate effect.”

In August last year, more than 40 mainstream leaders, including former Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and top leaders like Ali Muhammad Sagar, Sajad Gani Lone, IAS topper turned politician Shah Faesal were detained by the government.