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Yasin Malik Sentenced to Life in Prison by Delhi Court in Terror Funding Case

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The NIA court in Delhi awarded life imprisonment to Yasin Malik based on section 121 (waging war against India) of the IPC and section 17 (raising funds for terror act) of UAPA

Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik was on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court in connection with a terror funding case. Malik had earlier pleaded guilty to all the charges, including those under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in the case. The NIA court awarded life imprisonment based on section 121 (waging war against India) of the IPC and section 17 (raising funds for terror act) of the UAPA.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which was probing the case, had sought death penalty for Malik.

Malik, 56, has also been fined more than Rs 10 lakh as the court imposed different amounts for different sections he has been booked under.

Special Judge Praveen Singh also awarded varying jail terms for various offences under the UAPA and IPC. All the sentences will run concurrently.

Malik, the president of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, was earlier brought to the courtroom amid heavy security cover, and personnel from the paramilitary forces and Delhi Police were also deployed inside the courtroom.

Special judge Praveen Singh had on May 19 convicted Malik and directed the NIA authorities to assess his financial situation to determine the amount of fine likely to be imposed. Malik was facing a maximum punishment of the death penalty, while the minimum sentence for the offences committed by him is life imprisonment.

Earlier on Wednesday, Malik had said in the court that ever since he renounced violence, he has “followed the principles of Mahatma Gandhi”. Malik also said he had met seven prime ministers of India and challenged that no intelligence agency will be able to prove that he was wanted in any terror activity post-1994 when he gave up guns.

On May 10, Malik had told the court that he was not contesting the charges levelled against him that included sections 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds for terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy to commit terrorist act) and 20 (being member of terrorist gang or organization) of the UAPA and sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition) of the IPC.

The court awarded life imprisonment to Malik for different offences as follows:

— Section 121 IPC (waging war against Government of India) – Life imprisonment and Rs 10,000 fine

— Section 120B IPC (criminal conspiracy) – 10 years imprisonment and Rs 10,000 fine

— Section 121A IPC (conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section 121) – 10 years imprisonment and Rs 10,000 fine

— Section 13 UAPA (punishment for unlawful activities) – 5 years imprisonment

— Section 15 UAPA (terrorist act) – 10 years imprisonment

— Section 17 UAPA (punishment for raising funds for terrorist act) – Life imprisonment and Rs 10 lakh fine

— Section 18 UAPA (punishment for conspiracy) – 10 years imprisonment and Rs 10,000 fine

— Section 20 UAPA (punishment for being a member of a terrorist gang or organisation) – 10 years imprisonment and Rs 10,000 fine

— Sections 38 (offence relating to membership of a terrorist organisation), 39 (offence relating to support given to a terrorist organisation) UAPA – 5 years imprisonment and Rs 5,000 fine