Dozens of politicians, including three former CMs -- Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah, and Mehbooba Mufti of PDP -- were placed under preventive detention a night beofre Centre scrapped Article 370.
Sara Abdullah Pilot had on Monday approached the top court challenging her brother's detention under the Public Safety Act, saying the order was 'manifestly illegal' and there was no question of him being a "threat to the maintenance of public order".
The plea has been listed for Friday before the new 2-judge bench, also comprising Justice Indira Banerjee, as Justice M M Shantanagoudar had on Wednesday recused himself from hearing the matter without citing any specific reason.
In the last five days, six mainstream leaders from the region belonging to National Conference and People's Democratic Party (PDP) have been slapped with PSA, which allows detention of any individual for up to two years without a trial or charge.
Two wars with Pakistan and crippled by three decades of insurgency, the BJP government wants to close the 'issue' in the Muslim majority state of Jammu & Kashmir. Will a divide-and-rule and blow-hot-blow-cold policy bring peace?
By abrogating provisions of Article 370, India has smartly shifted the goalpost in Kashmir from right to self-determination to demand for retention of special status, a political observer in Kashmir says.