Yasin Malik had pleaded guilty to all charges, including those under the stringent UAPA
A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Wednesday sentenced Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik, who has been convicted in a terror funding case, to life imprisonment. Special NIA Judge Praveen Singh announced the sentence under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act which will be concurrent and it will run till life.
The NIA meanwhile told the court that Malik is responsible for the Kashmiri Pandits’ genocide and exodus from the valley as it argued for the death sentence for him. Yasin Malik has been charged with hatching a criminal conspiracy, waging war against the country, other unlawful activities, and disturbing peace in Kashmir.
The quantum of punishment for the offences in the terror funding case was pronounced amid tight security at the Patiala House Court.
In the arguments before the sentencing, Malik told the court that he will accept hanging if the intelligence agencies prove any terror-related activities involving him. “If I have been involved in any terrorist activity or violence in 28 years, if Indian Intelligence proves this, then I will also retire from politics. I will accept the hanging… with seven Prime Ministers, I have worked,” he told the court.
Malik had pleaded guilty in the matter earlier. In the previous hearing, he told the court that he was not contesting the charges levelled against him, including Section 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds for the terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy to commit terrorist act), and 20 (being member of a terrorist gang or organization) of the UAPA and sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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