NIA arrests Yasin Malik, court sends him to custody till Apr 22

NIA arrests Yasin Malik, court sends him to custody till Apr 22
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SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday arrested Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik in connection with a case related to the funding of militancy and separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir.
Malik, who was shifted to Tihar jail under police protection, was taken into preventive custody in February by the Jammu and Kashmir police and shifted to Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail.
A Delhi court Wednesday sent him to NIA custody till April 22 after the agency sought his custodial interrogation in connection with a case related to funding of militancy and separatists groups in Jammu and Kashmir.
Malik was produced before special judge Rakesh Syal where the National Investigation Agency arrested him inside the courtroom and sought 15-day custodial interrogation.
The proceedings in the case were heard in-camera.
Malik will be facing questions from the NIA related to funding of his organisation.
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has reserved its judgment on a plea of the CBI for reopening three-decade-old cases in which Malik was an accused.
The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief is facing charges of kidnapping and murder for being allegedly involved in abducting Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of then Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in 1989, and killing of four Indian Air Force personnel in the early part of 1990.
NIA had approached a special court in Jammu, seeking Malik’s remand for custodial interrogation in the funding case.
The NIA probe seeks to identify the chain of players behind the financing of militant activities, pelting of stones on security forces, burning down of schools and damaging of government establishments.
The case also names Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah, the front for the banned Lashker-e-Taiba, as an accused.
Besides, it names organisations such as Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat.
The JKLF was recently banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.