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Posted at: Jun 15, 2019, 6:40 AM; last updated: Jun 15, 2019, 6:40 AM (IST)

Delhi court sends 3 to judicial custody in terror funding case

Delhi court sends 3 to judicial custody in terror funding case

New Delhi, June 14

A Delhi court on Friday sent Kashmiri separatists Shabir Shah, Asiya Andrabi and Masarat Alam Bhat, arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with a terror funding case, to judicial custody till July 12.

The case relates to alleged terror funding in the Valley and involves Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind based in Pakistan.

Special Judge Rakesh Syal sent the trio to custody after the NIA did not seek any further custodial interrogation, advocate MS Khan, appearing for the accused, said. The NIA had arrested the three separatists on July 4 during in-chamber proceedings in the court and the agency was granted 10-day custody of the trio.

Shah and Andrabi were already in custody in separate cases, while Alam was earlier brought from Jammu and Kashmir on transit remand where he was lodged in jail for alleged terror activities.

The NIA had filed a chargesheet in January 2018 against Saeed, another terror mastermind Syed Salahuddin and 10 Kashmiri separatists in a case of alleged terror funding and secessionist activities in the Valley.

While Shah was in judicial custody in a decade-old money laundering case for alleged terror financing, Andrabi was in jail in a case of allegedly waging war against the country and delivering hate speeches.

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

Besides, the money was also sent to the banned outfit Dukhtaraan-e-Milat of which Andrabi was the chief, the NIA had said.

The case in which the accused were arrested on July 4 relates to alleged conspiracy to wage war against the government (Section 121 of the Indian Penal Code) by carrying out terrorist and secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

The probe agency has chargesheeted 12 persons, including Saeed, and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin.

Other offences for which the accused were chargesheeted include those punishable under Sections 120-B of the IPC (criminal conspiracy) and various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. — PTI

Chargesheet filed in 2018

  • The NIA had arrested three separatists Shabir Shah, Asiya Andrabi and Masarat Alam Bhat on July 4 during in-chamber proceedings in the court and the agency was granted 10-day custody of the trio
  • The NIA had filed a chargesheet in January 2018 against Hafiz Saeed, another terror mastermind Syed Salahuddin and 10 Kashmiri separatists in a case of alleged terror funding and secessionist activities in the Valley

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