SIA chargesheet ex-minister Singh, two others in militant funding case

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State Investigation Agency (SIA) of Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday filed Chargesheet against ex-minister Jatinder Singh (Babu Singh) and other two persons in connection with militancy funding case at a Jammu court.

In a handout to a local news agency, Global News Service (GNS), the SIA said that “today the State Investigation Agency Jammu has filed Chargesheet against Jatinder Singh @ Babu Singh (Ex Minister J&K), Mohd. Shareef Shah a resident of Larnoo Anantnag and Mohd. Hussain Khateeb resident of Bhaderwah Doda (at present somewhere in Pakistan) in case FIR No.73/2022 of P/S Gandhi Nagar Jammu (transferred to SIA by Police Headquarters J&K) with the request to the Court to file supplementary chargesheet in near future”.

According to statement, Mohd. Shareef Shah was arrested by Jammu Police “along with militancy fund amounting to Rs.6,90,000/- which was meant for Jatinder Singh @ Babu Singh and was intended to be used for the anti-national activities of Babu Singh and his party namely Nature Mankind Friendly Global Party”.

It further read: “Babu Singh was in touch with the militants of Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen outfit (a militant organization) and separatists of JKLF (an unlawful association). These inimical entities had sent this militancy fund from Pakistan through their associates for Babu Singh’s party. The vision document of this party floated by accused Babu Singh was to make J&K, PoK and Gilgit Baltistan as one independent country by making a condominium of Pakistan and India, for having joint control over currency, external affairs and finance.”

In the investigation, as per the statement, it has been revealed that Babu Singh was in contact with Mohd. Hussain Khateeb over encrypted social media applications and had clandestinely visited Dubai for arranging funds.

“Mohd. Shareef Shah was designated as Secretary of this party, who received these funds at Kashmir through unknown person and travelled to Jammu to handover these funds to Babu Singh and this fund was arranged by Mohd. Hussain Khateeb (who is HM militant operating from Pakistan) but Mohd. Shareef Shah was arrested before he could hand over this militancy fund to Babu Singh,” they said.

“The investigation has established that Babu Singh was conducting online meetings and interviews with adversary and in his online address he has compared a militant, Maqbool Bhat with Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev and has termed Maqbool Bhat as Freedom Fighter and Martyr of J&K, who laid down his life for the independence of Jammu and Kashmir. In one of such online interviews Babu Singh has challenged and threatened the Government of India to desist from further breaking Jammu and Kashmir, this reference is in context of abrogation of Article 370. The association of Babu Singh with Mohd. Hussain Khateeb and other cadres of HM outfit, operating from Pakistan has also been established in investigation. Anti-national and highly inflammatory content has been recovered by SIA form the mobile phone of Babu Singh which establishes his intention to damage and threaten the unity, integrity and sovereignty of India,” they said.

For all these acts, of omission and commission, offences under sections 13,16,17,18,20,38,39 and 40 of UA (P) Act 1967 have been attracted against Babu Singh and others, reads the statement.(GNS)

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