Yasin Malik Case: A Delhi court on Wednesday sentenced Kashmir’s separatist leader Yasin Malik to life imprisonment in a terror funding case. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Malik. Special Judge Praveen Singh, hearing Yasin Malik, sentenced Yasin Malik to different terms for various offenses under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC). All these punishments of Yasin Malik will run concurrently. Yasin Malik will be kept in Tihar Jail after the announcement of life sentence. The Tihar Jail administration has taken an important meeting only after the NIA court announced the punishment of separatist leader Malik. In this meeting, the head of Tihar administration has given strict instructions regarding the security of Yasin Malik.
Tihar Jail Administration has made arrangements to keep Yasin Malik under tight security in Tihar Jail. At present, Yasin Malik was lodged in the number 7 barrack of Tihar Jail and will remain in this jail now. Yasin Malik, who is serving a life sentence in this jail, will be monitored with CCTV cameras. At present, no decision has been taken regarding whether Yasin Malik’s jail or ward will be shifted elsewhere. Special Judge Praveen Singh sentenced Malik to life imprisonment for two offenses – IPC Section 121 (waging war against the Government of India) and UAPA Section 17 (UAPA) (raising funds for terrorist activities) – .
NIA had sought death sentence for Yasin Malik
Earlier, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the case had requested for capital punishment to Yasin Malik. Malik, on the other hand, had accepted all the charges against him, including those made under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The court had on May 19 convicted Yasin Malik, chief of the banned outfit Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). He had directed the NIA officials to assess the financial condition of Malik to impose fine on him.
Yasin Malik did not oppose punishment
Malik had told the court that he does not oppose the charges leveled against him. The charges include sections 16 (terrorist acts), 17 (raising funds for terrorist acts), 18 (conspiracy to act terroristic) and 20 (being a member of a terrorist gang or organization) of the UAPA and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code. (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition). The court had earlier, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate, Shabir Shah, Masrat Alam, Mohammad Yusuf Shah, Aftab Ahmed Shah, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Naeem Khan, Mohammad Akbar Khande, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Bashir Ahmed Bhat, Zahoor Ahmed Shah Watali, Charges were formally framed against Kashmiri separatist leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Abdul Rashid Sheikh and Naval Kishore Kapoor.