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TADA court orders framing of charges against Yasin Malik, others

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Rubaiya Sayeed Kidnapping…

Srinagar:  A TADA court on Monday ordered that charges be framed against separatist leader Yasin Malik and nine others for their alleged roles in the abduction of Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of the then Union home minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in December 1989.

Special Judge TADA Court Sunit Gupta ordered that charges be framed against Yasin Malik, Ali Mohamad Mir, Mohammad Zaman Mir, Iqbal Ahmad Gandroo , Javed Ahmad Mir , Mohammad Rafiq Pahloo alias Nana Ji alias Saleem , Manzoor Ahmed Sofi, Wajahat Bashir , Mehraj-ud-Din Sheikh and Showkat Ahmad Bakshi.

Rubaiya Sayeed who is the younger sister of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, was kidnapped by the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front from Nowgam in Kashmir on December 8, 1989.

According to the CBI, the accused had kidnapped Rubaiya Sayeed to force the government to release five militants.

Yasin Malik has been accused of playing a key role in the kidnapping that he and his associates executed.

Rubaiya Sayeed was eventually released December 13 that year.

The court after hearing public prosecutor of the CBI Vijay Kumar Dogra and advocate MA Goni besides going into confessional statements of other accused observed that sufficient grounds existed to presume that all the accused had committed offences.

“Hence, charges are required to be framed against each of the accused persons, separately,” the court stated.

Malik, Ali Mohd Mir, Iqbal Ahmad Gandroo, Manzoor Ahmad Sofi, Mehraj-u-Din Sheikh and Rafiq Ahmad Pahloo alias Nana Ji, alias Salim are being charged under sections 364/368/120-B RPC, ¾ TADA Act & 27 IA Act, sources said.

They further said that Mohd Zaman Mir, Javed Ahmed Mir alias Nalka, Wajahat Bashir, Shoukat Ahmed Bakshi are being under sections 120-B read with sections 368 RPC and section ¾ of TADA Act, sources added.

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