NIA to file charge sheet against seven separatists

Srinagar

A charge sheet against seven Kashmiri separatists and a businessman in a case of funding terror in the Kashmir Valley will be filed by the NIA on Thursday, the day their judicial custody ends, officials said.

Media outlet Indian Express quoted the National Investigation Agency (NIA) saying, “the agency will file the charge sheet against the arrested separatist leaders and a businessman under various sections of money laundering and waging war against India, as the judicial custody ends on January 18.”

A Delhi court on January 12 extended the judicial custody of the eight accused till January 18.

The eight have been charged with receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror activities and stone-pelting in Jammu and Kashmir.

An official of the agency said that they will be charged under various sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAP Act of 1967) and Indian Penal Code (IPC) including Section 121 Waging or attempting to wage war against the state and Section 120 B entering into criminal conspiracy, the main charge sheet prepared by the NIA contains close to 50 pages and the annexure attached to the charge sheet, may run into nearly 5,000 pages, Indian Express reported.

On July 24, 2017, the NIA arrested seven of them — Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah.

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