Indian Supreme Court Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar refused to hear the plea against former occupied Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s detention, the petition was filed by his sister Sara Abdullah Pilot.
It may be recalled that Sara Abdullah Pilot approached the Indian Supreme Court against his brother’s unlawful detention and the allegations levelled against him under the Public Safety Act.
According to a report in an Indian newspaper The Hindu, the petition was set for hearing today (Wednesday) in front of a three-member bench comprising Justice N.V. Ramana, Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar.
As soon as the hearing began, Justice Mohan separated himself from the bench saying, ‘I will not hear this matter’.
Therefore, the case will now be set for hearing before another bench on Thursday.
It may be recalled that India has kept former Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in permanent custody since the special status of the occupied valley was abolished on August 5, but Omar Abdullah was detained without charges. Earlier, under the Public Safety Act, various charges were levelled against them to justify detention.
According to reports, Omar Abdullah was accused of using his influence during the extremist and boycott demands to persuade people to vote.
Sara Abdullah said that her brother was falsely accused and he was subjected to accusations because of her popularity and influence over the public.
However, on February 5, the Indian government approved detention for a further three months without trial by using the Public Safety Act against former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and the Mehbooba Mufti, which could be extended up to one year.