New Delhi, Aug 6 : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference stalwart Farooq Abdullah is neither detained nor under house arrest.
Responding to queries from members, Mr Shah said in the Lok Sabha 'Neither he is detained nor he is under house arrest. He is in his own house with his own will.' Mr Shah was giving clarifications on whereabouts of Srinagar lawmaker Farooq Abdullah to Supriya Sule of NCP and DMK members T R Baalu and Dayanidhi Maran.
Earlier, during the debate on Statutory Resolution on Article 370 vis-a-vis Jammu and Kashmir and other relevant draft laws, Mr Baalu raised the issue and said an atmosphere of undeclared emergency prevailed in Jammu and Kashmir and top state leaders have been arrested and nobody knew where they are.
"Where is my friend Dr Farooq Abdullah, who is a member of the House?," Mr Baalu asked adding the Home Minister (Amit Shah) is here and the House has a right to know about it.
His colleague Dayanidhi Maran raised the issue again and read from a rule book to strengthen his argument demanded to know where was Farooq Abdullah.
Mr Baalu also wanted to know where PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti was and said nobody is sure whether she too has been arrested.
According to reports in a section of the media two former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah were kept under house arrest since Sunday last. People's Conference chairman and former BJP ally, Sajjad Lone too was taken into custody later. (UNI)