Sat. Oct 1st, 2022

INDIA : Yasin Malik, a Kashmiri separatist, has demanded the death penalty and expects a verdict soon.
Instead of the death penalty, the defence has requested life imprisonment.

The National Investigation Agency has recommended the death penalty for convicted Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik, who pled guilty to all counts in a terror funding case, including those under the strict Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). A Delhi court will rule on the severity of the penalty in the case today.

The case’s arguments are completed, and the court will render its decision at 3:30 p.m. today. Instead of the death penalty, the defence has requested life imprisonment.

“I was detained after 30 minutes of meeting Burhan Wani. Because I was not a criminal, Atal Bihari Vajpayee issued me a passport and India enabled me to make a statement “In court, Yasin Malik stated.

The court stated that there was no other case against Yasin Malik prior to this one.

In this instance, the NIA has sought the death penalty in accordance with Section 121 (waging war against the government). The minimum sentence is life in prison.

Malik further stated that he has adhered to Mahatma Gandhi’s beliefs since giving up his guns in 1994. “I’ve been conducting nonviolent politics in Kashmir since then,” he explained.

He claimed to have worked with seven Prime Ministers and challenged Indian intelligence agencies to reveal whether he had been involved in any terrorist or violent operations in the previous 28 years. “I will leave politics and accept the death penalty,” he said.

Parts of Srinagar were shut down today in anticipation of the ruling. Shops and other commercial facilities were closed in various areas of the city. However, public transportation and private cars were fully operational.

Security personnel have been deployed in key areas of Srinagar to prevent a breakdown of law and order, according to authorities.

The court had stated that Malik had established an intricate structure and procedure throughout the world to gather funds for terrorist and other illegal operations in Jammu and Kashmir in the guise of the “liberation fight.”

On May 19, special judge Praveen Singh convicted Yasin Malik and asked NIA authorities to analyse his financial position in order to estimate the amount of penalties likely to be levied.

On May 10, Malik informed the court that he would not contest the charges brought against him under sections 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds for terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy to commit terrorist act), and 20 (member of terrorist gang or organisation) of the UAPA, as well as sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition) of the IPC.

Meanwhile, the court formally charged Kashmiri separatist leaders such as Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate, Shabbir Shah, Masarat Alam, Md Yusuf Shah, Aftab Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Khan, Md Akbar Khanday, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Abdul Rashid Sheikh, and Naval Ki

The charge sheet also names Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen commander Syed Salahuddin as proclaimed criminals in the case.

By adele rose

Adele Rose is the senior editor and employee of WGBS Pvt Ltd Digital wing.

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