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NIA Files Supplementary Chargesheet Against JKLF Chief Yasin Malik, Others

Former Jammu and Kashmir MLA Rashid Engineer has also been named in the chargesheet.

New Delhi:  The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday filed a supplementary chargesheet before a Delhi court against JKLF chief Yasin Malik and several others in 2017 terror-funding case for allegedly conspiring to wage a war against the central government by carrying out terrorist and secessionist activities.

Separatists Asiya Andrabi, Shabir Shah, Masarat Alam Bhat have also been named as accused in the chargesheet. Former J&K MLA Rashid Engineer has also been named in the chargesheet, special public prosecutor Sidharth Luthra told PTI.

Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Syal put up the matter for taking cognisance on October 23. The proceedings took place in camera.

The chargesheet, running into 3,000 pages, has alleged that the Pakistan High Commission supported the separatists through transfer of funds via financial conduits to create unrest in the Kashmir Valley.

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The case relates to alleged terror funding in 2017 in the Valley and involves Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind based in Pakistan.

Separatists Shabir Shah, Masarat Alam Bhat and former Jammu and Kashmir MLA Rashid Engineer have also been named as accused in the supplementary charge sheet, NIA’s Special Public Prosecutor Sidharth Luthra said.

The offences for which the accused were chargesheeted fall under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 121 (waging war against government of India), 121A (conspiracy to wage war) and 124A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

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The NIA stated later in a press release that during the investigation, searches were conducted at nine locations in J&K and 400 electronic devices along with 85 incriminating documents were seized.

It said the role of the Pakistan High Commission in supporting the separatist and other networks through transfer of funds via financial conduits and in providing directions to continue the unrest in the Kashmir Valley has been clearly established during the investigation.

About 125 witnesses were examined during the probe, it said.