NIA opposes Aasiya Andrabi’s plea before Delhi High Court

NEW DELHI — The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has opposed the plea of a Kashmiri separatist leader Aasiya Andrabi before Delhi High Court challenging the attachment of her mother-in-law’s house, saying the property was utilised for militant activities.

NIA claimed that the attached house was used as the office of Hurriyat party Dukhtaran-E-Millat (DEM) by Aasiya Andrabi, and ‘anti-India speeches’ were made and pro-Pakistani slogans were chanted at the meetings held there.

Andrabi, who was chief of the banned outfit Dukhtaran-e-Milat (Daughters of Nation), had approached the high court in August against a trial court order which refused to interfere with the attachment of the house by NIA.

NIA said that the house was being used for anti-India activities and Andrabi used social media platforms to spread insurrectionary imputations and hateful speeches for endangering the integrity, security, and sovereignty of India.

In her petition, Andrabi contended that the order of attachment was illegal as none of the owners of the property is part of Dukhtaran-E-Millat.

She further said that the attachment amounts to a “parallel proceeding” and is premature and not suitable in the eyes of law.

Andrabi was arrested in 2018 by the NIA for the alleged commission of offences under the Indian Penal Code, including sedition, waging war against the country, and the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). — (PTI)