Vaiko’s plea on Farooq Abdullah: SC orders notice to Centre

The Supreme Court today sought response from the Union government and the Jammu and Kashmir administration on a plea seeking to produce before court former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah.

Alleging that Abdullah was under detention following the scrapping of the state’s special status, MDMK general secretary Vaiko filed a plea on the SC.

Passing the above direction today, a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer fixed Vaiko’s plea for hearing on September 30.

Earlier, the SC had refused to give urgent hearing to a plea filed by Vaiko, seeking the Jammu and Kashmir government to produce Farooq Abdullah, believed to be under detention following the dilution of Article 370, in court and set him free.

Justice Ramana, before whom the petition came up, said the Chief Justice of India would take a decision on when to hear the habeas corpus petition of Vaiko.

In his petition, Vaiko said Abdullah was scheduled to attend a conference organised by him in Chennai on September 15. He said the event was organised annually “on the occasion of the birthday of C N Annadurai, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, in the spirit of peaceful democratic debate and discussion so as to strengthen the unity and integrity of India”.

He had asked the Supreme Court to direct that Farooq Abdullah is presented before the apex court and that he is permitted to attend Annadurai’s celebrations