Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik was sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday in a terror funding case.
Yasin Malik’s JKLF was banned in March for allegedly promoting secessionist activities.
Malik was convicted by a special National Investigation Agency court on 19 May in connection with the case.
The National Investigation Agency has alleged that Malik and other separatist leaders “entered into a larger conspiracy for causing disruption in the Valley by way of pelting stones on security forces, systematically burning of schools, damage to public property and waging war against India.”
He was booked under Sections 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds), 18 (conspiracy to commit terrorist act), and 20 (being member of terrorist gang or organisation) of the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. He was also booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition).
The National Investigation Agency has demanded death penalty for Malik, reported ANI while Malik’s counsel Advocate Akhand Pratap Singh has sought life imprisonment.
Malik told the court that he will not beg for anything. “The case is before this court and I left on the court to decide it,” he said.
A protest broke out in Srinagar soon after the court’s order. The police lobbed tear gas shells to counter protestors who threw stones.