The Srinagar wing of J&K High Court has ordered its own inquiry into a habeas corpus petition filed by a relative of a detainee who claims he is a 14-year-old boy and has been detained under the stringent Public Safety Act.
Abdullah, also a three-term Chief Minister of J&K, was already under detention at his Gupkar Road residence when the PSA order was issued against him by the Srinagar District Magistrate on September 14. His home was declared a subsidiary jail.
The 81-year-old Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar, under detention since August 5 when the Centre revoked the state's special status, has also been accused of making speeches glorifying terrorists and separatists.
The PSA Advisory Board is meant to act as a check and balance on the government’s use of this stringent law and that’s why the judiciary was made part of its appointment exercise. Ironically, it was PDP-BJP govt that cut judiciary out of the process.