Delhi Court to consider NIA’s clean chit to Liyaqat Shah

New Delhi: A Delhi court today fixed September 21 to consider NIA’s charge sheet giving clean chit to Syed Liyaqat Shah, arrested in 2013 by Delhi Police which had claimed he was a militant of banned outfit Hizbul Mujahideen and was planning attacks here.

The matter came up for hearing before court of District Judge Amar Nath where NIA supplied the copy of its charge sheet and documents to Liyaqat’s counsel.

The court allowed Liyaqat’ plea and exempted him from personal appearance till further orders

During the hearing, advocate Asim Ali, who appeared for Liyaqat, moved an application seeking permanent exemption from personal appearance for his client saying he was a very poor person and cannot spend huge amount of money in journey from Kupwara in Kashmir to Delhi for attending the hearing.

“The applicant is a very poor man and earning livelihood by doing labour work and has five family members to support.

Therefore, the applicant is unable to take long journey from Jammu and Kashmir to New Delhi and spend huge amount on travel and other expenses to appear before the court on each and every date of hearing,” the lawyer said.

In its charge sheet, National Investigation Agency (NIA) has named absconder Sabir Khan Pathan as the main accused who had allegedly planted weapons on Liyaqat to project him as a militant.

The agency, while absolving Liyaqat of militancy charges in its charge sheet, had submitted its report to Home Ministry seeking permission to investigate some Delhi Police officials for allegedly “conspiring” to target Liyaqat.

Liyaqat was arrested by the Special Cell of the police on March 20, 2013 when he was returning from Pakistan-administered Kashmir to the Valley via Nepal at Saunali border with his wife and children. (PTI)