NEW DELHI: Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik, who has been convicted in connection with a 2017 terror funding case, was sentenced to life on Wednesday by a special NIA court here.
Special Judge Praveen Singh pronounced the verdict under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act which will be concurrent and it will run till life.
The quantum of punishment for the offences in the terror funding case was pronounced amid tight security at the Patiala House Courts. During the course of the hearing, Malik said: "I will not beg for anything. The case is before this court, and I leave it to the court to decide."
"If I have been involved in any terrorist activity or violence in 28 years, if Indian Intelligence proves this, then I will also retire from politics. I will accept the hanging... with seven Prime Ministers, I have worked," he told the court.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) told the court during the hearing that the accused is responsible for the Kashmiri Pandits' exodus from the Valley.
The Central probe agency also argued for the death sentence for Malik.
On the other hand, the amicus curiae sought life imprisonment as a minimum punishment in the case.
Malik had pleaded guilty in the matter earlier. In the previous hearing, he told the court that he was not contesting the charges levelled against him, including sections 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds for the terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy to commit terrorist act), and 20 (being member of a terrorist gang or organization) of the UAPA and sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code. (IANS)