Former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Released From Detention

PUBLISHED ON: October 14, 2020 | Duration: 1 min, 52 sec

  
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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was released late Tuesday night after being detained by the government for nearly 14 months - since it scrapped Article 370 in August - and since being charged under the Public Safety Act (PSA) - a stringent law that allows detention and multiple extensions without trial for up to three months - in February. The release comes just as a deadline set by the Supreme Court, which had been approached by her daughter Iltija Mufti with a habeas corpus petition challenging her "illegal" detention, was set to expire. On September 29, the court had questioned the central and J&K governments, asking: "How long can Mehbooba Mufti be kept in custody?" The J&K administration was given two weeks - till October 14 - to explain how long they intended to do so.
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