The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a supplementary charge sheet in the 2017 terror funding case in the Patiala House on Friday, October 4. The charge sheet was filed against Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chief Yasin Malik, along with Rashid Engineer, Asiya Andrabi, Shabir Shah, and Masarat Alam Bhat. The entire proceedings took place in the camera. Yasin Malik was questioned by NIA for weeks together after he was brought to New Delhi earlier in April.
On October 23, Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Syal put up the matter for taking cognisance. The accused will have the right to scrutinise the documents present against them on that day. Until then all the accused will remain in Judicial custody. The very important development NIA has done in their investigation is that they have discovered digital evidence against the accused showing the connection between the accused and Pakistan. Yasin Malik, Asiya Andrabi and Masarat Alam are currently lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi.
Furthermore, top sources have confirmed that a large part of the charge sheet, which in all likelihood would run over 1,000 pages, would be dedicated to the investigation carried on by JKLF chief Yasin Malik. According to sources, Yasin Malik and Syed Ali Shah Geelani collected funds from the business community in the Valley. Malik spearheaded the violent agitation in 2016 and was instrumental in issuing the protest calendar along with SAS Geelani. Significantly, Yasin Malik was also communicating with some officials of Pakistan High Commission.
The other big addition in the charge sheet is Masarat Alam, who is the General Secretary of All Parties Hurriyat Conference. Amid the investigation, NIA has termed him as the ring leader of stone pelters. He allegedly actively coordinated stone-pelting rallies in the year 2010 and was allegedly taking instructions from Geelani.
Earlier on September 26, the Central government had notified that the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal has upheld that there is 'sufficient credible material and grounds' to declare Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF-Y), a faction headed by Yasin Malik, as an 'unlawful association'. The tribunal, in its order on September 20, held that the activities of the faction are 'disruptive in character, which threatens the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India'.
(with PTI inputs)