Liyaqat Shah case: Court to consider NIA's chargesheet on August 20

A Delhi court would consider next month the NIA's chargesheet giving clean chit to Sayyed Liyaqat Shah, arrested in 2013 by Delhi Police which had claimed he was a terrorist of banned outfit Hizbul Mujahideen and was planning attacks here.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 10, 2015, 19:30 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court would consider next month the NIA's chargesheet giving clean chit to Sayyed Liyaqat Shah, arrested in 2013 by Delhi Police which had claimed he was a terrorist of banned outfit Hizbul Mujahideen and was planning attacks here.

The matter came up for hearing before Additional Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishna who posted the matter for August 20 as the concerned judge, who is hearing the case, was on leave today.

In its charge sheet, National Investigation Agency (NIA) has named absconder Sabir Khan Pathan as the main accused who had allegedly planted weapons on Liyaqat to project him as a terrorist.

The agency, while absolving Liyaqat of terror charges in its charge sheet, had submitted its report to the Union Home Ministry seeking permission to investigate some Delhi Police officials for allegedly "conspiring" to target Liyaqat.

Liyaqat was arrested by the Special Cell of the police on March 20, 2013 when he was returning from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to the Kashmir Valley via Nepal at Saunali border with his wife and children.

He was then projected as a terrorist by the special cell which had alleged that he had come to carry out terror strikes in the national capital.

Jammu and Kashmir police had protested his arrest, saying Liyaqat was returning home as per state government's policy of allowing people, who had ex-filtrated to PoK in early 1990s, to come back.

The then Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, had also flagged the issue of Liyaqat's arrest with the Home Ministry. The case was later transferred to the NIA.

The Delhi Police's Special Cell had earlier claimed that on the basis of Liyaqat's disclosure statement, it had conducted a raid at Room No 304, Haji Arafat Guest House near Jama Masjid in the old city and recovered arms, ammunition and explosives.

However, NIA contradicted the claims of the police and said in its charge sheet that its investigation has "revealed that charges against the accused (Liyaqat) were not proved and that he was coming into India to obtain the benefit of surrender policy of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir."

NIA also said that Khan was allegedly responsible for placing the weapons and explosives in the guest house room and he had booked at Haji Arafat Guest House. Khan was declared a proclaimed offender by court.