PDP Leaders Meet Mehbooba Mufti For First Time Since August 5
Oct 16 2020
After being released on Tuesday, Mehbooba tweeted a short audio message to her supporters.
Mehbooba Mufti was first detained under Sections 107 and 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and later booked under the Public Safety Act.
"As Ms Mufti's illegal detention finally comes to an end, I'd like to thank everybody who supported me in these tough times", she tweeted from her mother's account on Tuesday.
Her release comes ahead of hearing of her case in the Supreme Court on October 15.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah was released after almost eight months in March this year.
However, the top court refused to permit Mehbooba Mufti to attend to the affairs of her political party and allow people to visit her saying "such a blanket prayer would be hard to countenance".
Mufti's daughter had filed a habeas corpus petition in the country's Supreme Court, challenging her mother's detention under the Public Safety Act.
Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah, two former chief ministers of occupied Kashmir, were also detained by the Indian government.
She was detained on 5 August previous year, when the Indian government stripped the region of its partial autonomy. None among us can ever forget the political heist and insult on that day, Mufti said. And even though more than a year has passed since the government revoked its status, thousands of others charged with serious offences continue to languish in jails across India. "[The detention was a] complete travesty of justice [and] other families are still suffering", she added.
Terming august 5 development as "black decision" of a black day, she said was hurting her body and souls during her 14-month long incarceration. "Now, we all will have to reiterate to take back what Delhi snatched from us unconstitutionally, illegally and undemocratically". "People also need to keep struggling for the solution of Jammu and Kashmir, which has led to sacrificing thousands of lives", Ms. Mufti said. The judges said the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister should request authorities to allow her to attend meetings of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Politicians of all hues have hailed her release.
I know this is a very hard path but I hope that our determination can help us in achieving our goal.