Will Accept Court Verdict About Yasin Malik: MoS Verma

Says, BJP fighting for rights of KPs

Baramulla- Minister of State (MoS) for Cooperation and Development of North Eastern Region Government of India, BL Verma, on Wednesday said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is fighting for justice to Kashmiri Pandits, who according to him had been victimized in Jammu and Kashmir.

"BJP is fighting hard for the legal rights and justice of Kashmiri Pandits", local news agency KNO quoted him as saying.

About Mohammad Yasin Malik who Tuesday reportedly pleaded guilty to all the charges including those under the stringent unlawful activities prevention act (UAPA) before a Delhi court, Verma said that they will accept whatever the court decides regarding Malik as his party respects judiciary and its decision.

Notably, the court will hear on May 19 the arguments on the quantum of the sentence for the incarcerated JKLF leader.

Earlier on Tuesday reports from New Delhi said that Yasin Malik had pleaded guilty to all the charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act before a Delhi court in a case related to terror funding and secessionist activities in the Valley in 2017.

The JKLF leader on Tuesday pleaded guilty to charges under Sections 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds), 18 (conspiracy to commit terrorist act), 20 (being member of terrorist gang or organisation) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act along with Indian Penal Code Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition). The maximum punishment for these offences is life imprisonment, Bar and Bench reported.

Malik was arrested by the National Investigation Agency in April 2019 in connection with the terror funding case.

NIA has alleged that Malik and other separatist leaders “entered into a larger conspiracy for causing disruption in the Valley by way of pelting stones on security forces, systematically burning of schools, damage to public property and waging war against India”, PTI reported.

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