NIA moves Delhi HC seeking death sentence for JKLF Chief and Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik. The Trial Court last year awarded life imprisonment to Yasin Malik, a separatist leader from J-K, in a militancy funding case.
NIA in its appeal stated that the crime committed by such dreaded militant, where due to their ‘act of war’, the nation has lost its valuable troopers and has perpetrated irreparable grief not only to the family members of the troopers but to the entire nation.
NIA stated that the respondent/accused over decades has been indulging and spearheading militant activities in the valley and with the help of dreaded foreign militant organisations, having interest inimical to India, has been masterminding, planning, engineering and executing armed rebellion in the valley in an attempt to usurp the sovereignty and integrity of a part of India.
NIA in its appeal before Delhi HC further stated that the offences committed by the respondent accused are ex-facie acts of “external aggression”, brazenly planned and executed by “acts of waging war against the nation” whereby “internal disturbance” was created through raising and using trained armed militia within the state and by helping trained militant, raised in enemy states, to infiltrate the borders of India to participate and catalyse such internal disturbances. NIA stated that submitted that if such dreaded militant are not given capital punishment only on the ground that they have pleaded guilty, then the same will result in complete erosion of the sentencing policy of the country and will result in the creation of a device, whereby, such dreaded militant after indulging, waging and spearheading an “act of war against the state”, in case caught, would have a way out to avoid capital punishment.
The matter is listed before Delhi HC’s Division Bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Talwant Singh.
The hearing is to be held on May 29, 2023. (Agencies)