Jammu Bar expels advocate Devinder Behal after NIA arrest

Jammu: The Bar Association of Jammu (BAJ) on Tuesday expelled advocate Devinder Singh Behal, who is associated with pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Geelani, after he was arrested by the NIA in a alleged terror funding case.
“As soon as we came to know about his (Behal) activities, we verified our records and immediately decided to expel him without any notice from the primary membership of the association,” Bar Association Jammu president BS Salathia told reporters in Jammu.
“Ours is a nationalist association and we will not tolerate the presence of any ‘anti-national’ element, whether associated with Hurriyat or any other group,” he said.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had on 30 July searched the office and residence of Behal over his alleged role in routing funds to pro-freedom leaders.
Behal, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum (JKSPF) — a constituent of Hurriyat headed by Geelani — was arrested following which several of his public speeches during 2016’s uprising in the Valley went viral on social media, wherein he was heard shouting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.