On August 5, Shah introduced a Bill in Parliament to scrap provisions of Article 370 which granted J&K a special status, allowing its citizens to live under a separate set of rules relating to citizenship and property ownership.
But before the move, Centre detained politicians to keep them away from creating any untoward situation.
This, Centre said, helped in keeping violence at check.
They are detained under PSA: Shah on Omar and Mehbooba
Now, during an interview to India Today channel, Shah was quizzed about the detention of Omar and Mehbooba. He replied, "Unko Public Safety Act ke tehat abhi detention mei rakha hi hai (they are still in detention under the Public Safety Act)."
However, according to Indian Express, officials in Srinagar aren't aware of PSA being revoked.
The PSA allows the government to detain a person without trial for up to two years. This stringent law has usually been applied to terrorists, separatists, and stone-pelters, making the detention of mainstream politicians under it unprecedented.
Earlier, Farooq, the senior-most politician of J&K and chairman of the National Conference, was booked under PSA.
"It's better to take precaution than allow loss of life"
"We have removed Article 370, we need time to send word down the line. If someone keeps scratching wounds, people may get instigated. As a precaution, we have kept them under detention. It is better to take precaution than allow loss of life," he added.