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The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration over the detention of former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah under the Public Safety Act (PSA).

Hearing a petition filed by Omar’s sister Sara Abdullah Pilot on Friday, the SC bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, gave the government and J&K administration two weeks to submit their reply. The matter will now be heard on March 2.

The petition filed by Sara Abdullah Pilot challenges the detention of National Conference leader Omar Abdullah under the J&K Public Safety Act.

Pilot had on February 10 approached the SC challenging her brother’s detention, saying the order of detention is “manifestly illegal” and there is no question of him being a “threat to the maintenance of public order”.

The plea sought quashing of the February 5 order detaining Omar Abdullah, former chief minister of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, under the PSA and also sought his production before the court.

Pilot also said exercise of powers by authorities under the CrPC to detain individuals, including political leaders, was “clearly mala fide to ensure that the opposition to the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution is silenced”