JKLF Chief Yasin Malik’s difficulties may increase in the terrorist funding case. The NIA has moved the Delhi High Court seeking the death penalty for Yasin Malik in the terror funding case. It is to be known that Yasin Malik is serving life sentence in the terror funding case. Yasin Malik was sentenced to life imprisonment by the trial court last year. The case has taken a new turn with the NIA seeking death penalty for Yasin Malik in the case.
Two high profile cases on Yasin Malik are going on in Jammu. Yasin is considered to be one of the key figures responsible for the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir during the 1990s. Yasin has been a prominent figure among the separatists who instigated large-scale violence in Jammu and Kashmir that led to the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in large numbers. Yasin is facing trial for the kidnapping of Rubaiya Saeed on 8 December 1989. Not only this, Yasin is also an accused in the murder of four Air Force officers on January 25, 1990.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday approached the Delhi High Court seeking death penalty to separatist leader Yasin Malik, reported news agency PTI.
The petition on behalf of the agency (National Investigation Agency, NIA) has been listed for hearing on May 29 before a bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh. On May 24 last year, a trial court in Delhi had sentenced the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief to life imprisonment after holding him guilty of various offenses under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the IPC.
The trial court had said that Yasin Malik’s crimes hurt the ‘heart of India’. Yasin’s objective was to forcefully separate Jammu and Kashmir from the Union of India. Yasin’s crimes become more serious when he helps designated terrorists at the behest of foreign powers. The court noted that the case was not the rarest of rare, hence the NIA’s demand for death penalty was rejected by the court.
Yasin was given life imprisonment for two offences. In this, one was waging war against the Government of India under Section 121 of the IPC, while the other was providing funds for terrorist activities under Section 17 of the UAPA. According to the Supreme Court, life imprisonment means imprisonment till the last breath, unless the sentence is commuted. Malik had told a Delhi court on May 10 last year that he was not defending the charges leveled against him, which included acts of terrorism and sedition.
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