Authorities cited proceedings of internal party meetings and social media influence of NC leader and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and 'pro-separatist' stand of Mehbooba Mufti for booking them under the stringent Public Safety Act .
The 49-year-old Omar and the 60-year-old Mehbooba Mufti had been under preventive detention since August 5 last year, when the Centre announced abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution granting Jammu and Kashmir special status.
They were booked under the PSA on the night of February 6, barely a few hours before their preventive detention was to end.
According to rules, preventive detention can be extended beyond six months only if an advisory board, constituted two weeks before the completion of the 180-day period, recommends for that.
However, no such board was constituted and the Jammu and Kashmir administration was left with two choices—either to release them or slap the PSA.
The three-page dossier against Omar cited some internal meetings of the National Conference in July in which he is alleged to have said that there was a need for mobilising support so that the Centre will not be able to carry out its plans for abrogation of the special status of the state.
The police have also cited that Omar, who was a minister of state for external affairs as well as commerce and industries in the union government and former chief minister, was very active on social media, a platform which has the potential for mobilizing the youth.