PDP leader Sartaj Madni released from detention after Centre’s invitation

After the Centre invited PDP chief and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for talks, senior PDP leader Sartaj Madni was on Saturday released after nearly six months in detention, A senior police officer confirmed.

Madni, a former PDP vice president and maternal uncle of Mehbooba, was detained by police on December 21 last year, a day before counting of votes for DDC polls in Jammu Kashmir

Madni was detained from his residence in Anantnag a day after the August 5, 2019 decisions of the Central government. Later, he was moved to SKICC Srinagar and placed under detention with other leaders who are now being invited for talks.

Subsequently, Madni, former Deputy Speaker in the erstwhile Legislative Assembly, was detained under section 107 and 151 of CrPC. On February 5 last year, Madni was shifted from the SKICC to a government guest house at Gupkar.

The Prime Minister is likely to chair the All Party Meeting (APM) of J&K political leaders in New Delhi on June 24 to discuss the restoration of statehood, delimitation process and elections, sources said.

The Centre’s invite to Mehbooba Mufti for talks came exactly three years after the collapse of the PDP-BJP coalition government headed by her following withdrawal of support by the saffron party.

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