New Delhi: JKLF chief Yasin Malik, one of the first militants of Jammu and Kashmir, was on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment and slapped with a fine of Rs 10 lakh by an NIA court here.
Malik was convicted on May 19 after he pleaded guilty to all the charges in connection to a 2017 case related to terrorism and secessionist activities.
Amicus appointed by court to assist Malik requested the court to take lenient view against the JKLF leader and requested for life imprisonment instead of death penalty.
Malik said he will retire from politics if intelligence agencies can give proof of his involvement in terror activities.
Malik submitted that he has followed the principles of Mahatma Gandhi and has followed the principles of non-violence in Kashmir politics ever since.
NIA Special Judge Parveen Singh after conclusion of arguments on the quantum of sentence handed out sentence that will ensure Malik remains behind bars for the rest of his life along with fine of Rs 10 lakh.
Delhi’s Patiala House Court turned into a security camp of sort as even the paramilitary forces were called in.
Bomb disposal squad and sniffer dogs carried out a thorough check of the court premises, before Malik was brought before NIA Special Judge Parveen Singh around 5.30 pm.
During the proceedings on Wednesday, the NIA sought death penalty for Malik.
The verdict was slated for 3.30 pm initially but was delayed by several hours amid stone pelting incidents reported from Srinagar’s Maisuma area, where Malik’s home is.
Internet was suspended in Srinagar, while many Kashmiri Pandit families in Jammu awaited the sentencing.
According to a lawyer present during the hearing, Malik’s counsel claimed that the JKLF chief had shunned violence 28 years back and had not indulged in any kind of violent means during this period.
In this matter, after investigation a charge sheet was filed by Investigating Agency against Malik, 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 Kishore Kapoor.
Other accused Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Founder Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Syed Salahuddin have been declared proclaimed offenders (PO) in this case.
In the month of March this year, Court had ordered to framing of charges under the provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against Malik and others in the case.
A case under sections 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds for the terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy to commit terrorist act), and 20 (being member of terrorist gang or organisation) and sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition) of Indian Penal Code was registered against Malik and others in this case.
After hearing the charges were framed against Malik when he submitted before the court that he will not contest the charges levelled against him.
NIA Special Judge Parveen Singh after hearing the matter sought an affidavit regarding the financial status of Yasin and directed National Investigating Agency (NIA) to submit the report before the court on May 25 and fixed the matter for hearing the submission on the quantum of sentence.