Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday said the extension of PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti’s detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) is an “abuse of law” and “assault” on the constitutional rights of every citizen of the country. Wondering how a 61-year-old former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister is a threat to public safety, he sought her immediate release from detention.
“The extension of the detention of Ms Mehbooba Mufti under PSA is an abuse of law and an assault on the Constitutional rights guaranteed to every citizen,” the former Union minister wrote on Twitter.
“How is the 61 year old former chief minister, a protected person under security guard round the clock, a threat to public safety?” he asked.
PSA के तहत सुश्री महबूबा मुफ्ती की नजरबंदी का विस्तार कानून का दुरुपयोग है और नागरिकों के संवैधानिक अधिकारों पर हमला है।
61 वर्षीय पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री, चौबीसो घंटे सुरक्षा गार्ड से संरक्षित व्यक्ति, सार्वजनिक सुरक्षा के लिए खतरा कैसे है?
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) August 1, 2020
The former home minister said the PDP leader rightly rejected the offer to be released on conditions, which any self-respecting political leader would do.
He said one of the reasons given for her detention — the colour of her party’s flag — is “laughable”.
“Why should she undertake not to speak against the abrogation of Article 370? Is it not part of the right to free speech?” the Congress leader asked.
“I am one of the Counsel appearing in a case in the SC challenging the abrogation of Article 370. If I speak against Article 370 — as I must — is that a threat to public safety?” he asked.
“We must collectively raise our voices and demand ‘Free Mehbooba Mufti Immediately’,” Chidambaram said in a series of tweets.