The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration on a plea by Congress leader Saifuddin Soz’s wife Mumtazunnisa Soz, challenging his “house arrest” following the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5, 2019.
A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said it will hear the case again in July.
The petitioner’s counsel submitted that Soz had been detained purportedly under the J&K Public Safety Act, 1978, but the authority making the order of detention had not communicated to the detenu the grounds on which the order has been made, nor has a copy of the detention order been provided to him. Soz, he said, was denied the right to making a representation against the order of detention — a flagrant abuse of constitutional guidelines.
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