NIA judge comments
there was no reformation
in Yasin Malik, never
expressed regret to violence

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NEW DELHI: Separatist Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik from Jammu and Kashmir being brought at Patiala House Court in New Delhi on Wednesday (ANI Photo)

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to Yasin Malik, a separatist leader from Jammu and Kashmir, in a terror funding case.
The NIA court while sentencing life imprisonment to Malik also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh. He was sentenced to life imprisonment twice (one for waging war against the nation and one in UAPA sec 17 raising fund for terror act).

NIA had sought the death penalty for the separatist leader who was convicted on May 19.

NIA had sought the death penalty for the separatist leader who was convicted on May 19.
On May 10, Malik had told the court that he was not contesting the charges levelled against him that including Section 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds for the terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy to commit terrorist act) and 20 (being a member of terrorist gang or organisation) of the UAPA and sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition) of the IPC. (ANI)

Malik was convicted on May 19 and was charged with ‘terrorist acts’, illegally raising funds, being a member of a ‘terrorist’ organisation and criminal conspiracy and sedition.

There was no reformation in Yasin Malik,

cannot invoke Mahatma; says NIA Court

NEW DELHI: Separatist Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik from Jammu and Kashmir being brought at Patiala House Court in New Delhi on Wednesday (ANI Photo)

The Special NIA Judge Praveen Singh on Wednesday while sentencing JKLF leader Yasin Malik to life imprisonment in a terror funding case said, in his opinion, there was no reformation of the convict.
“It may be correct that the convict may have given up the gun in the year 1994, but he had never expressed any regret for the violence he had committed prior to the year 1994 and still remained engaged in violent acts,” the judge said. “It is to be noticed that, when he claimed to have given up the path of violence after the year 1994, the government of India took it upon its face value and gave him an opportunity to reform and in good faith, tried to engage in a meaningful dialogue with him and as admitted by him, gave him every platform to express his opinion, said NIA Judge Praveen Singh.
“I must observe here that the convict cannot invoke the Mahatma and claim to be his follower because, in Mahatma Gandhi’s principles, there was no place for violence, howsoever high the objective might be. It only took one small incident of violence at Chauri Chaura for the Mahatma to call off the entire non-cooperation movement but the convict despite large scale of violence engulfing the valley neither condemned the violence nor withdrew his calendar of protest which had led to the said violence,” the court further observed.

The NIA court further said that the crimes for which Malik was convicted were of a very serious nature. These crimes were intended to strike at the heart of the idea of India and intended to forcefully secede J-K from the Union of India.
The crime becomes more serious as it was committed with the assistance of foreign powers and designated terrorists. The seriousness of the crime is further increased by the fact that it was committed behind the smokescreen of an alleged peaceful political movement, added the court.
The manner of the commission of the crime, and the kind of weaponry used in the crime lead me to a conclusion that the crime in question would fail the test of rarest of rare cases, NIA Judge Praveen Singh said.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to Yasin Malik, in a terror funding case.
The NIA court while sentencing life imprisonment to Malik also imposed a fine of above Rs 10 lakh. He was sentenced to life imprisonment twice (one for waging war against the nation and one in UAPA sec 17 raising fund for terror act).

New Delhi: Separatist Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik from Jammu and Kashmir being brought at Patiala House Court in New Delhi on Wednesday. He was convicted in a terror funding case on May 19. (ANI Photo)

NIA had sought the death penalty for Malik who was convicted on May 19. The court while convicting him had said, “In view of the plea of the guilt, accused Mohd. Yasin Malik @ Aslam is hereby convicted for the offences punishable u/s 120B IPC, 121 IPC, 121A IPC, 13 UAPA r/w 120B IPC, 15 UAPA r/w 120B IPC, 17 UAPA, 18 UAPA, 20 UAPA, 38 UAPA and 39 UAPA.”
The NIA charge sheet submitted in the case stated that the Central Government received credible information that Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Amir of Jammat-ud-Dawah and the secessionist and separatist leaders including the members of Hurriyat Conference have been acting in connivance with active militants of proscribed terrorist organizations like HM, LeT etc. for raising, receiving and collecting funds domestically and abroad through various illegal channels including hawala.
The NIA also stated before the court that this has been done for funding separatist and terrorist activities in J&K and as such, they have entered into a larger conspiracy for causing disruption in the valley by way of pelting stones on security forces, systematically burning schools, damage to public property and waging war against India.

Will not beg for anything, retire from politics

if my role in terror activity proven: Yasin Malik

New Delhi: Separatist leader Yasin Malik being brought out of the NIA Court after the court convicted him in the terror funding case, at Patiala Court, in New Delhi on Thursday (19th April). (ANI Photo/Ayush Sharma)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday urged the court to give the death penalty to Yasin Malik, a separatist leader from Jammu and Kashmir while the latter said that will not beg for anything and left the decision on court.

The lawyer who attended the court proceeding said, in the courtroom, “Yasin said that if I have been involved in any terrorist activity or violence in 28 years, if Indian Intelligence proves this, then I will also retire from politics. I will accept the hanging. With seven Prime Ministers, I have worked.” On the demand by NIA for the death penalty to the separatist leader, he said, “I will not beg for anything. The case is before this court and I left on the court to decide it.”
NIA SPP (Special Public Prosecutor) told the court that Yasin Malik is responsible, in part, for the Kashmiri exodus.
The court which is set to pronounce the quantum of punishment said, “let’s not go into all this. Stick to the facts. This is a terror funding case.”
The court on the last date had convicted him in the matter. Malik recently had pleaded guilty in the terror funding case.

The lawyer representing NIA on Wednesday sought maximum punishment against Malik. However, Advocate Akhand Pratap Singh (court-appointed amicus) sought minimum punishment (life imprisonment).
Meanwhile, Yasin Malik on sentence point said “I have already given me words in the court and now it is on the court discretion”
The Special NIA Judge Praveen Singh said we will pass the judgement at 3:30 pm today.

Srinagar: A view of closed shops at Lal Chowk, in Srinagar on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

Earlier the court asked NIA to give an affidavit on the socio-economic status of convict Yasin Malik after taking the help of local authorities. Malik is also directed to file an affidavit disclosing all sources of his income and assets (movable and immovable). Malik had told the court that he was not contesting the charges levelled against him.