1990 Killing of IAF officers: Yasin Malik appears before special court via video conference in Jammu

yum: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, who is serving a terrorist financing case in Tihar Prison in Delhi, appeared before a special court here Wednesday via video conference in connection with the 1990 killing of four Air Force personnel. the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act has now issued the production warrant to the CBI for the cross-examination of witnesses in the case on October 23. “Malik appeared via virtual mode. Malik is the prime suspect among the 10 suspects in the case,” said senior lawyer SK Bhat, who appeared on behalf of the prosecution. Malik, 56, is serving a life sentence in a terrorist financing case.

On September 21, the TADA special court issued a production order to ensure Malik’s physical presence before her on October 19 in the 1990 IAF assault case. However, the Tihar prison informed the court that Malik’s journey to Jammu was not possible. “The Chief Inspector of Jail Number 7 of Tihar Prison said in their petition to the court that Malik has been given a life sentence in the NIA (Terror Financing Case) case, and they have appealed to strengthen the sentence to a death sentence in Delhi High Court, they are ordered not to move him outside (Delhi),” he said.

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The court accepted the plea and set October 23 for his virtual production during the cross-examination of witness VK Sharma, he said. “On September 21, a special TADA court had issued production orders to ensure Malik’s physical presence in court on October 19. Now he must interrogate the witnesses of the prosecution via virtual mode. Otherwise, his right to cross-examination will be closed, said Bhat.

He said Malik was given a fair trial and the court offered legal aid, but he declined. In March 2020, the special court brought charges against Malik, head of the banned Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), and six others for their alleged involvement in the murder of four unarmed IAF operatives, including squadron leader Ravi Khanna, on 25 January. 1990, at Rawalpora in Srinagar.

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Malik was indicted by the CBI in the TADA court in Jammu on August 31, 1990. Malik has been arrested in a terrorist financing case by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) and is currently incarcerated in Tihar Prison. He is also facing a case related to the 1989 kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed, the daughter of the then Union Minister of the Interior, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. He will appear via video conference on Thursday for cross-examination in this case.

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