SRINAGAR — A special court in Jammu designated under NIA Act, in the State Investigation Agency (SIA) investigated case has framed the charges against Kashmiri journalist Fahad Shah and Aala Fazli.
A top police officer told the news agency KDC, “On 16-03-2022, Special Judge designated under NIA Act, Jammu Ashwani Kumar framed charges against two accused namely Abdul Ala Fazili and Peerzada Fahad Shah in a State Investigation Agency (SIA) investigated case FIR No. 01/2022 of Police Station SIA Jammu.”
He said that this is for the first time the court has framed charges for writing seditious material. “Bringing it up to the stage of framing of charges after preliminary hearings in such matters is usually a very difficult task. The write-up for which the investigation was conducted and charges were framed is also available,” he said.
SIA in an exclusive statement to KDC said, “The case pertains to information received by PS CIJ (SIA Jammu) on 04.04.2022 along with a copy of an article titled ‘The Shackles of Slavery Will Break’ written by one Aala Fazili and published in the digital magazine (portal) ‘The Kashmir Walla’ through its Editor-in-Chief cum Director Peerzada Fahad Shah.”
“The duo accused under an active conspiracy and Paksitan’s support had resurrected a platform reviving the narrative in support of terrorist and separatist eco-system. The duo had been spreading the anti-India narrative by exploiting the digital platforms under a concealed and camouflaged set-up, with the help of illicit funding received from hostile foreign agencies and proscribed terrorist organizations,” it said.
It further added, “The investigation has established that the duo accused were in touch with secessionists across the border and also with some identified terrorists locally. Through their publications, the duo have brazenly advocated terrorism and glorified the terrorists with the sole intention to radicalize the youth of the J&K and to entice and incite them in joining secessionist and terrorist organizations.”
The statement said, “The SIA had charge-sheeted the case in the court of Special Judge under NIA Act, Jammu on 13.10.2022 after procuring the requisite government sanction, which came up for hearing on charge/discharge on 16.03.2023.”
“The case was vehemently argued by the Addl PP representing the UT of J&K in the court. After hearing the rival contentions, the Special Court found sufficient material against the duo accused collected by the SIA and framed the charges against Aala Fazili u/s 13 (unlawful activity), 18 (conspiracy, advocating, abetting, inciting, facilitating a terrorist act or any preparation to commit a terrorist act), UA (P) Act, 121 (abetting, waging of war against Government of India), 153-B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) IPC,” it added.
The statement further added that the charges against Peerzada Fahad Shah were under sections “13 (unlawful activity), 18 UA(P) Act (conspiracy, advocating, abetting, inciting, facilitating a terrorist act or any preparation to commit a terrorist act), 121 (abetting, waging of war against Government of India), 153-B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) IPC and 35 (accepting foreign contribution in contravention of provisions of FCRA, or any order or rule therein), 39 (violation of FCRA by a company tantamount to a contravention by the persons in-charge or responsible for the business of such company) Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010.”
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