Patiala: A special Delhi court today condemned Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik to life in jail. The National Investigation Agency had sought the maximum penalty of execution, while the defense had asked for life in jail. “Two people have been given life sentences and five others have been sentenced to ten years in prison. All sentences must run at the same time. A monetary penalty of more than ten lakh rupees has also been imposed “Umesh Sharma, a lawyer, stated. For various cases, various prison sentences and penalties have been imposed. Yasin Malik now has the option of taking his case to the High Court.
Malik had already pled guilty to all counts in a terror funding case, including those under the strict Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The degree of punishment in the case was decided by a special NIA court in Delhi.
During the trial, Malik claimed that if he was a criminal, why would the Indian government, led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, issue him a passport and allow him to travel and talk all over the world?.
Malik also said that he has followed the principles of Mahatma Gandhi ever since he gave up arms in 1994. “I have been doing non-violent politics in Kashmir ever since,” he said.
He even challenged the Indian intelligence agencies to point out if has been involved in any terror activities or violence in the last 28 years. “I will retire from politics and also my hanging,” he added.