New Delhi : A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi refused to entertain habeas corpus petition filed by Rajya Sabha member Vaiko. The Rajya Sabha member wanted to know the whereabouts of Farooq Abdullah, the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister.
Mr. Vaiko’s counsel had submitted a petition that Mr. Abdullah who was scheduled to visit Chennai on September 15 for a programme following the Centre’s move on Article 370, was believed to be “under detention” and there was no access to him.
Chief Justice Gogoi said “nothing survives” after learning that the octogenarian National Conference party leader was detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) hours before the court hearing. The court said that persons concerned could approach the competent authority against the PSA charges if necessary.
Meanwhile, the CJI bench tagged all other petitions challenging the Jammu and Kashmir lockdown and lack of access to basic facilities to a Constitution Bench led by Justice N. V. Ramana. The petitions also challenged the Centre’s unilateral move to change the status of Jammu and Kashmir from a State to a Union Territory.