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J&K terror funding case: NIA to file chargesheet against accused next week

The NIA today informed Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sherawat that the final report in the J&K terror funding case will be filed next week.

J&K terror funding case: NIA to file chargesheet against accused next week

New Delhi: The National Investigating Agency (NIA) will file a chargesheet against all accused in connection with the alleged cross-border funding of terror groups active in the Kashmir Valley next week.

According to IANS, the NIA said this as a court extended till January 18 the judicial custody of seven Kashmiri separatists and a businessman.

During the in-camera proceedings in the case, the NIA reportedly informed Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sherawat that the final report in the case will be filed next week.

"The investigation of the case is at concluding stage and the evidence on record is being summed up," NIA said.

During the hearing, the agency also pleaded to the court to extend the judicial custody of the eight accused for another seven days, which was granted by the court, via video conferencing.

The eight have been charged with allegedly receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror activities and stone-pelting in Jammu and Kashmir.

On July 24, 2017, the NIA arrested seven of them - Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah - on charges of criminal conspiracy and waging war against India.

Altaf Ahmad Shah is the son-in-law of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who advocates Jammu and Kashmir's merger with Pakistan. 

Islam is a close aide of moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Khandey is the spokesperson for the Geelani-led Hurriyat.

Businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, accused of acting as a conduit for channelling funds for separatists and terror activities in the Kashmir Valley, was arrested on August 17 last year.

He was allegedly collecting funds from Pakistan and banned terrorist organisations and transferring the same to Hurriyat leaders.

Watali is known to be friends with Pakistani leaders as well as separatists, besides leading politicians in Kashmir, the NIA said.

(With IANS inputs)