New Delhi, May 25, 2022: A special NIA court in Delhi sentenced Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik to life in jail in a terror funding case on Wednesday. The court awarded two life sentences to Yasin Malik even as the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had sought a death sentence against him.
Special Judge Praveen Singh awarded varying jail terms to Yasin Malik in nine cases. He was charged for various offences under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Malik was sentenced to life imprisonment under IPC Sections 121 (waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India), Section 121-A (conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section 121), Section 120-B, and Sections 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
The court also imposed a fine of at least Rs 11 lakh on Yasin Malik.
In view of Yasin Malik’s sentencing, there was heavy police deployment at Patiala House Court in Delhi on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, Yasin Malik, 56, had pleaded guilty of all charges, including those under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), in the terror funding case.
On May 19, special judge Praveen Singh convicted him and directed National Investigation Agency (NIA) authorities to assess his financial situation to determine the amount of fine to be imposed.
As per sources, Yasin Malik was asked to furnish an affidavit on his financial assets by the next date of the hearing.
Malik was also charged with Section 18 (conspiracy to commit a terrorist act), and 20 (being a member of a terrorist gang or organisation) of the UAPA and sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code.
The case is related to alleged terrorism and secessionist activities in the Kashmir valley in 2017.
Courtesy: India Today