Updated: May 20, 2022 2:30:30 am
Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik was convicted Thursday by a National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Delhi after he pleaded guilty in a case related to alleged terrorism and secessionist activities that disturbed the Kashmir Valley in 2017.
On May 10, Yasin Malik pleaded guilty to all the charges, including those under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
Malik was produced before Additional Sessions Judge Praveen Singh, who is expected to hear arguments on the quantum of the sentence on May 25. The court has asked Yasin Malik to furnish details of his financial assets and ordered the NIA to assess his financial condition.
The judge had asked Yasin Malik whether he wants to “rethink over his plea” and he stated that he had taken a “well thought out decision” and had even met the amicus curiae in this case twice, who explained the consequences of his decision.
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“I find that accused Yasin Malik has voluntarily and after due legal consultation, meaning thereby after fully, knowing the consequences of his plea, has pleaded guilty to the charges framed against him. His plea is accordingly accepted,” the court said in its order.
Yasin Malik, the head of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), has been accused by the NIA of orchestrating violent protests in 2016 in which 89 cases of stone-pelting were reported. The agency claimed that Malik’s home was raided and they found a copy of the Hizbul Mujahideen letterhead and seized it. It also claimed that the letterhead signed by various terror organisations had warned people who supported football tournaments in the Valley to disengage themselves from the organisers of the game and show loyalty to the freedom struggle.
In March, the court while framing charges in the matter had said that said prima facie, it has been established that Shabir Shah, Yasin Malik, Rashid Engineer, Altaf Fantoosh, Masrat, and Hurriyat/Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) were the direct recipients of terror funds.
The court also noted that prima facie there existed a criminal conspiracy pursuant to which large-scale protests, resulting in violence and arson at a massive scale, were orchestrated in the Valley.
It also said Yasin Malik had set up an elaborate structure and mechanism across the world to raise funds for carrying out terrorist and other unlawful activities in Jammu and Kashmir in the name of the “freedom struggle”.
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