Explainer: What is Public Safety Act

Explainer: What is Public Safety Act

The government is trying to "remove nationalist leaders like Farooq Abdullah" to create a political vacuum that will be filled by terrorists, Rahul Gandhi said today, targeting the government for the veteran Jammu and Kashmir leader's detention under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

Sources in the government told Mirror that till Sunday, Abdullah was under preventive detention at his private residence in Srinagar, but was then suddenly booked under the PSA.

The Supreme Court on Monday had directed the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration to respond to a plea which has sought that former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, under detention following the abrogation of the state's special status under Article 370, be produced before the court. Communication services like mobile, internet and TV channels are closed in the entire Kashmir valley and in some parts of Jammu region.

The restive state remains under a lockdown after the Centre in August revoked its special status, integrating it more closely with the rest of the country, while also bifurcating it into two union territories.

Abdullah's detention came ahead of the Supreme Court issuing notices to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government on a plea by Tamil Nadu leader Vaiko seeking National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah's release from detention. "Because Vaiko filed petition?" he said.

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"Farooq's arrest has blown to shreds the lies of New Delhi that people have welcomed Article 370 decision".

Vaiko and Abdullah are said to be close friends for four decades. Salman Khurshid, a leader with the main opposition Congress party, said that Mr Abdullah had "upheld the unity and integrity" of India.

Will visit J&K if required: CJI CJI Gogoi on Monday said that if required he will visit J&K High Court to take stock of the situation amid allegations that people are unable to approach the court. We can do nothing now but fight this in court. Ironically, the law was first promulgated during Sheikh Abdullah's tenure, father of Farooq Abdullah. The detained person does not have the right to move a bail application before a criminal court, and can not engage any lawyer to represent him or her before the detaining authority.

Initially, before the 2011 amendments to the Act, the government could detain any person above the age of 16, without a trial, for two years.

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