NIA to file chargesheet in funding case next week

"The investigation of the case is at concluding stage and the evidence on record is being summed up," NIA said.

IANS
New Delhi, Publish Date: Jan 13 2018 12:53AM | Updated Date: Jan 13 2018 12:53AM
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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 separatist leaders 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 allegedly receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor agitation 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.”

Altaf Ahmad Shah is the son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Shahid-ul-Islam Islam is a close aide of Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Khandey is the spokesperson for the Geelani-led Hurriyat.

Businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, accused of “acting as a conduit for channelling funds for separatists”, was arrested on August 17 last year.

Watali is known to be friends with Pakistani leaders as well as separatists, besides leading politicians in Kashmir, the NIA said. IANS