SRINAGAR: ltija Mufti, the daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Wednesday filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court, challenging her mother’s continuous detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and subsequent extensions ordered by the administration.
The People’s Democratic Party leader has been jailed since the abrogation of Article 370 last year.
The leader was initially taken into ‘preventive custody’ along with hundreds of politically active people just hours before the Article 370 announcement. Later, Mehbooba was booked under the stringent PSA just before her six-month custody period was ending.
On July 31, J&K administration extended Mehbooba’s detention under PSA by three months.
“Her detention is illegal,” said Iltija Mufti in her plea.
Iltija Mufti has also said she is bringing to the court’s notice that despite its order in February, the J&K administration is yet to file a reply, “which shows the respect they have for courts”.
Iltija has also expressed anguish over the treatment her mother Mehbooba Mufti has received where she has been deliberately kept out of bounds for the members of PDP of which she is the president.