New Delhi: The Patiala House Court Delhi on Friday took cognizance of the chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Jammu and Kashmir terror funding case, reports said.
The chargesheet filed by the NIA on January 18 had named 12 accused, including Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen supremo Syed Salahuddin and seven Kashmiri pro-freedom leaders.
The court has fixed March 8 as the date of next hearing for arguments on charges and scrutiny of documents.
In its 12,794-page chargesheet filed before Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sherawat under stringent anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act or UAPA, the NIA has alleged “to fuel the secession activities in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has been providing funds to Hurriyat Conference leaders (separatists) and the same are channelized through Hawala route, trade at the Line of Control (LoC) and other means. In fact, these funds are sometimes channeled to Jammu and Kashmir directly by the Pakistan High Commission in India.”
According to the central agency, “terrorists and Hurriyat leaders have close nexus with active militants and stone pelters in the Kashmir Valley. They are closely coordinating with each other and have formed a terrorist gang to achieve their common goal of secession of Jammu and Kashmir from Union of India by way of an armed rebellion.”
NIA had registered a case about J&K terror funding in May last year and arrested many including Altaf Ahmad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Mairaj ul din Kalwal, Ayaz Akbar, Nayeem Khan, Shahid ul Islam, Farooq Ahmad Dar (Bita Karrate) etc.