Delhi HC seeks NIA’s response on plea filed by Kashmiri separatist leader Asiya Andrabi

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Delhi High Court

NEW DELHI : The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the response of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on a plea moved by Kashmiri separatist and radical group Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi against the seizure of her house in Srinagar.

Issuing notice in the matter, a division bench of Justices Mukta Gupta and Anish Dayal posted the matter for further hearing on September 28.

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In her plea, Andrabi argued that the interpretation of the earlier Special Court Judge of the Patiala House Court in the national capital to treat the house as her office because she gave an interview there is devoid of merit.

“That the interpretation of the Special Judge sitting in appeal that giving an interview in the house would tantamount to an act of terrorism is completely devoid of merit because it was not the Appellant who had called the mediapersons at her home to take the interview but rather it was the mediapersons who had gone to her home to take the interviews… So it cannot be said that the appellant was using her house to spread terrorism,” her plea read.

The court also sought the probe agency’s response on another similar plea by Andrabi’s alleged aide Sofi Fehmeeda’s against the seizure of her car.

The agency had seized the Creta car belonging to Sofi Fahmeeda, an associate of Assiya Andrabi.

As per the officials, “immovable properties seized include five houses, including the house of Mehmooda Begum, mother-in-law of Andrabi”

The Pakistan-sponsored women radical group Dukhtarn-e-Millat (DeM) led by Asiya Andrabi along with her aides — Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen were charged with terrorism and sedition. Andrabi was allegedly conspired to commit terror acts and waging war against the country with support from Pakistan.

She was accused of being involved in conspiracy and acts to severely destabilize the sovereignty and integrity of India, along with her two other women associates. The trio was arrested in 2018.

Ashiq Hussain Faktoo, the husband of Andrabi, has been sentenced to life for the murder of human rights activist and social worker, Hriday Nath Wanchoo in December 1992. — IANS

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