Mehbooba Mufti, In Detention Since August Last Year, Released

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Mehbooba Mufti, In Detention Since August Last Year, Released

Mehbooba Mufti's release comes just as the deadline set by the Supreme Court was set to expire (File)

New Delhi:

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was released late Tuesday night, after being detained for over a year - since the eve of the centre scrapping Article 370 - under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

Ms Mufti's release comes just as the deadline set by the Supreme Court was set to expire.

In September the court questioned the central government and the J&K administration over her detention, asking them: "How long can Mehbooba Mufti be kept in custody?"

The top court gave two weeks' time to the Jammu and Kashmir administration to give its stand on how long Ms Mufti can be kept in custody and whether her custody can be extended beyond one year.

Minutes after Ms Mufti's release was confirmed her daughter, Iltija Mufti tweeted: "As Ms Mufti's illegal detention finally comes to an end, Id like to thank everybody who supported me in these tough times. I owe a debt of gratitude to you all. This is Iltija signing off. May allah protect you".

As Ms Mufti's illegal detention finally comes to an end, Id like to thank everybody who supported me in these tough times. I owe a debt of gratitude to you all. This is Iltija signing off. فی امان اﷲ May allah protect you

— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) October 13, 2020

Almost exactly one year ago Iltija Mufti took over her mother's Twitter account and has been campaigning fiercely for her release since.

"Ms Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister J&K to whom this twitter handle belongs has been detained since 5th August 2019 without access to the account. This handle is now operated by myself, Iltija daughter of Ms Mufti with due authorisation," she posted on September 20.

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