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No relief for Omar Abdullah; SC seeks reply from J&K

No relief for Omar Abdullah; SC seeks reply from J&K
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The Supreme Court on Friday sought reply from the Jammu and Kashmir government and other authorities on Sara Pilot's petition challenging the...

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday sought reply from the Jammu and Kashmir government and other authorities on Sara Pilot's petition challenging the detention of her brother and former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra declined to entertain submission by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Sara, seeking immediate relief in the Habeas Corpus petition.

The top court has fixed March 2, as the next hearing on the matter and declined to list it before 15 days.

Sibal insisted the brother of her client is under detention. The court inquired on what grounds is he under detention. "To avoid statements from political leader which incite violence," replied Sibal citing his detention since midnight of August 4 last year.

Sara Abdullah Pilot, in the petition, said when her brother's release was imminent, "the petitioner has shockingly learnt about his new detention under the provisions of the Public Safety Act (under which their father also remains detained), which could have no application to one who has anyway been in custody over several months in a state that was under a complete lockdown."

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