New Delhi, Mar 5: Supreme Court on Thursday said that it will hear after Holi break the petition filed by Sara Abdullah Pilot, sister of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, challenging his detention under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978.
The matter was
listed before a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra on Thursday but could not
be taken up as Justice Mishra was hearing a Constitution bench matter.
Kapil Sibal, appearing for Sara Abdullah Pilot, mentioned the matter before the
bench, following which Justice Mishra told him that the matter will not be
taken up today.
the court to take up the matter as soon as possible as it is a habeas corpus
The court said
that it will hear the matter post the Holi break.
The Jammu and
Kashmir administration, in an affidavit on Monday, told the apex court that
Abdullah has been “very vocal critic” of abrogation of Article 370
and his presence would pose an “imminent threat to public order” and
objected to the petition filed by Sara.
The plea filed by
Sara Abdullah Pilot, Omar’s sister and the wife of Rajasthan Deputy Chief
Minister Sachin Pilot, said the order of detention is manifestly illegal and
there is no question of him being a “threat to the maintenance of public
The Jammu and
Kashmir administration had on February 5 invoked the stringent Public Safety
Act against the former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and other top leaders in
the erstwhile state.