Besides Malik, the 3,000-page chargesheet names former J&K MLA Abdul Rashid Sheikh, alias Engineer Rashid; founder-president of J&K Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Ahmad Shah; chairman of J&K Muslim League Party Masarat Alam; and Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, founder and self-styled chief of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), a terror outfit, the NIA said.
An investigation report prepared by the NIA on Yasin Malik alleges that he was in touch with Pakistan’s external intelligence agency ISI, and had received funds from Islamabad to “foment trouble” in the Valley, and gradually amassed properties worth more than Rs 15 crore.
Incidentally, Prof Kaul, who was summoned Friday as a witness by the NIA as part of its 2017 terror funding probe, has been critical of the Centre’s decision to scrap the special status of J&K and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories.
The NIA alleges Yasin Malik got Rs 15 lakh from Watali on April 7, 2015, and that some of the money was used to fuel the unrest in the Valley after the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in 2016.
Two petitions filed by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik, seeking transfer of trial into the abduction of late Mufti Sayeed's daughter Rubiya Sayeed and killing of five Indian Air Force personnel from TADA Court in Jammu to Srinagar, were dismissed by Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday.
Malik, whose organisation JKLF was banned last month by the Centre, is also facing two CBI cases. These relate to the kidnapping of Rubaiya Saeed, daughter of the Union home minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, in 1989, and the killing of four IAF personnel in 1990.