NIA to file chargesheet in Kashmir alleged funding next week
SRINAGAR: The NIA on Friday told a court here that it will file next week a chargesheet in the case of alleged funding in the Kashmir Valley as a court extended till January 18 the judicial custody of seven Kashmiri separatists and a businessman.
According to court sources, during the in-camera proceedings, the National Investigation Agency told Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sherawat that the final report in the case will be filed next week.
“The investigation of the case is at concluding stage and the evidence on record is being summed up,” NIA said.
The agency urged the court to extend the judicial custody of the eight accused for another seven days. The court did so, via video conferencing.
The eight have been charged with receiving funds from across the border to fuel unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.
On July 24, 2017, the NIA arrested seven of them — Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah — on charges of criminal conspiracy and waging war against India.
Islam is a close aide of Hurriyat (M) chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Khandey is the spokesperson for the Geelani-led Hurriyat.
Businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, accused of acting as an alleged conduit for channelling funds in the Kashmir Valley, was arrested on August 17 last year.