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NIA Court Orders Life Imprisonment To JKLF Leader Yasin Malik

NIA Court Orders Life Imprisonment To JKLF Leader Yasin Malik

On Wednesday, an NIA court in Delhi ordered life imprisonment for Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yasin Malik stating that his crimes “intended to strike at the heart of the idea of India” and were “committed with the assistance of foreign powers and designated terrorists”. The life term was handed over to Yasin Malik in terrorism and secessionist activities in 2016-17. Earlier, the National Investigation Agency had filed a plea for the death penalty. However, the Court rejected it by saying that the case did not fall in the rarest of rare categories. Additional Sessions Judge Parveen Singh awarded two life imprisonment and varying jail terms to Yasin Malik, which will all run concurrently. Along with the life terms, the Court also ordered a fine of Rs 10,65,000 for offences committed under the anti-terror law – Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the IPC. On 10th May, Yasin Malik pleaded guilty to all charges. The Court said: “The crime becomes more serious as it was committed with the assistance of foreign powers and designated terrorists. The seriousness of the crime is further increased by the fact that it was committed behind the smokescreen of an alleged peaceful political movement,” While the court hearing was underway, Yasin Malik told the judge that he had given up violence back in 1994 and declared that he would follow the non-violent path of Mahatma Gandhi. However, the Court said that Malik never expressed any regret for the violence he committed prior to 1994. “Malik cannot invoke the Mahatma and claim to be his follower because, in Gandhi’s principles, there was no place for violence, howsoever high the objective may be. It only took one small incident of violence at Chauri Chaura for the Mahatma to call off the entire non-cooperation movement, but the convict, despite largescale violence engulfing the Valley, neither condemned the violence nor withdrew his calendar of protest, which has led to the said violence.” said the NIA Court. The Court has also awarded a 10-year jail term each under Section 120 B, 121 A of IPC and Section 15, 18, and 20 of UAPA. It also handed over a 5-year jail term each under Sections 13,38, and 39 of the UAPA act. 

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