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Do you plan to free Omar, SC asks J&K administration

NEW DELHI: Days after National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah’s release from detention, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Jammu & Kashmir administration to inform whether it was also thinking of releasing his son, former chief minister Omar Abdullah, who remains in detention under the stringent Public Safety Act.
A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and M R Shah adjourned the hearing on the plea of Omar’s sister Sara Abdullah Pilot, who had challenged his detention, as solicitor general Tushar Mehta, who appears for J&K administration, was not available.
The bench, however, asked the counsel assisting Mehta to take instructions on the issue of Omar’s release as the court will adjudicate the plea on merit in case he is not being freed any time soon.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioner, pleaded the bench to give a short date for hearing, but the bench said it won’t sit on Thursday and it was for the CJI to constitute the bench.
“Probably next week we are sitting and the matter will be taken up at that time,” the bench said.
The Abdullahs and former CM and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti were among many leaders detained on August 5 last year, the day the Centre withdrew the special status of J&K. Farooq was released earlier this month.

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