NIA chargesheet against Yasin, others next month

Indiatimesworld News Service
New Delhi, September 23

With investigation almost complete in the 2017 J&K terror funding case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is now preparing a lengthy supplementary chargesheet against Yasin Malik and three other separatist leaders, as sources indicated that the agency plans to file it in the first week of October.

The other separatist leaders include Shabir Shah, Asiya Andrabi and Masarat Alam Bhat, who have been arrested in connection with the NIA probe into the terror-funding case involving Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Sources in the agency said the second supplementary chargesheet would be filed in the first week of October in the in the Patiala House Court, noting that this was going to be “the most crucial chargesheet”, given the profiles of the accused.

It is learnt from the sources that an NIA team, led by an Inspector General (IG)-level officer, had been working overtime to prepare a comprehensive chargesheet, which is going to contain open source videos and interviews. As sufficient evidence has been gathered, the chargesheet may run into nearly 1,000 pages.

A source close to the entire investigation process said, in his statement to the agency Yasin Malik, had admitted that he was instrumental in bringing together the disparate factions of the Hurriyat Conference and had formed the joint resistance leadership (JRL). He said, the evidence, which the NIA had gathered, pointed towards the active participation of Yasin Malik and the JRL and Hurriyat Conference Geelani Group in collecting funds from business entities and other sources for organising economic shutdown and violent protests in the Valley.

According to the NIA officials, Shabir Shah had received Rs 10 lakh from hawala operator Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, a co-accused in the case.

Sources said Asiya Andrabi, during her questioning, revealed to the NIA that she had been collecting funds and donations from foreign sources. Andrabi was confronted with evidence, including funding of educational expenses of her son in Malaysia from 2011 onwards through foreign remittances made by Zahoor Watali.