The Supreme Court today sought a response from the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration on a plea seeking to produce before the top court former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, under detention since last month when the centre scrapped special status from the state.
The plea for the former chief minister's release was filed by the Tamil Nadu MDMK leader, Mr. Vaiko, a close friend of Abdullah for four decades, so that the National Conference leader could attend a mega MDMK event to observe the birth anniversary of CN Annadurai, Tamil Nadu's first chief minister.
Mr. Vaiko said Abdullah has been kept under 'illegal detention without any authority of law' in violation of his constitutional rights.
The Centre objected to the plea, saying Mr. Vaiko is not Abdullah's relative and his request for his release was 'abuse of the process of law'.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Mr. Justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer issued notice to the Centre and the state, and fixed Rajya Sabha MP and MDMK leader's plea for hearing on September 30.
Abdullah has been booked under the Public Safety Act, which has provisions for detention up to two years. His party the National Conference had objected to the scrapping of special status.