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Delhi Court Takes Cognizance Of UAPA Against Human Rights Activist Khurram Parvez & Others In Terror Funding Case

Nupur Thapliyal
13 May 2022 4:30 PM GMT
Mere Recovery Of The Mobile Phones And SIM Cards Used To Converse With A Pakistani Number Not Sufficient To Prove Conspiracy: Delhi Court

A Delhi Court on Friday took cognizance under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and other offences against Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez and others including former Superintendent of Police Arvind Digvijay Negi in connection with an alleged terror funding case.

Special NIA Judge Parveen Singh of the Patiala House Courts took cognizance under sec.120B, 121 and 121A of Indian Penal Code, Sections 17, 18, 18B, 38 and 40 of UAPA, 1967 and Sections 3 & 5 of the Official Secrets Act, 1923.

Other persons accused in the matter are Muneer Ahmad Kataria, Arshid Ahmad Tonch, Zafar Abbas, Rambhawan Prasad and Chandan Mahato.

The Court directed that a copy of Chargesheet will be delivered in Jail to all accused persons. The matter is now listed for July 6 for compliance.

While Parvez was arrested on 22nd November last year, Muneer Ahmad and Arshid Ahmad were arrested on 16th and 18th November respectively.

About the Case

It is the prosecution's case that Pakistan based terrorist organization Lashkar E-Taiba (LeT), had established a widespread network of operatives or over ground workers for providing support in planning and execution of its terrorist activities in various parts of India.

It was alleged that accused Muneer Ahmad, Arshid Ahmad and Jaffar had been running a network of over ground workers of LeT and recruited persons across various States in India. In pursuance to conspiracy, accused were allegedly in contact with their foreign based handlers and upon their directions were engaged in gathering intelligence on vital installations, security forces as well as identification of target locations for launching of terrorist attacks.

It has further been alleged that during investigation, searches were conducted at various places across Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir and West Bengal and incriminating documents and objects were seized and arrests were made.

It is the NIA's case that during the course of investigation, it was disclosed that accused Muneer Ahmad and Arshid Ahmad Tonch had received money from various individuals in West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Karnataka.

It was further submitted that during investigation, it was revealed that large number of fictitious bank accounts in the name of different individuals were being maintained.

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