NIA seeks death penalty for Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik

NEW DELHI — The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has approached the Delhi High Court seeking death sentence for Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chief and Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik, Bar and Bench reported. 

According to the report, The petition is listed for hearing on May 29 before a Division Bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh.

Malik was sentenced to life imprisonment by a special NIA court in a militant funding case in May 2022. He had pleaded guilty in the case.

The NIA had demanded capital punishment for Malik before the trial court as well.

However, the prayer was refused by the special court stating that death penalty should be awarded only in exceptional cases “where the crime by its nature shocks the collective consciousness of the society”.

Malik was convicted of offences under Section 120B, 121, 121A of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 13 and 15 of UAPA read with 120B of the IPC besides Sections 17, 18, 20, 38 and 39 of UAPA.