New Delhi, Sep 17: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal slammed the Narendra Modi government for detaining veteran Jammu and Kashmir leader Farooq Abdullah under the Public Safety Act and questioned whether the step was prompted by MDMK chief Vaiko’s plea in the Supreme Court seeking a directive that the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister be produced before it.
“Now PSA (43 days later);Then Amit Shah in Parliament : Farooq Abdullah neither detained nor arrested, If no danger to public safety then , why now ?Because Vaiko filed petition? ,” Sibal attacked Home Minister Amit Shah for telling lies in the Parliament and misleading the entire nation that people of Jammu and Kahsmir has welcomed the move.
” Earlier BJP said 92% of people in J&K welcome dilution of Art.370 ; that normalcy prevails,” Sibal said.
Abdullah has now been detained under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), which enables authorities to detain any individual for two years without trial.This was informed after Vaiko moved a plea in the court .
The 81-year-old patron of the National Conference has been under detention shortly after August 5 when the Centre announced abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two union territories.