Militant funding case: SIA files chargesheet against Ex-minister, two others

Srinagar, Sep 24 (KNS) : The State Investigation Agency of Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday filed a chargesheet in a court against a former minister Jatinder Singh, alias Babu Singh, and two others in a Militant-funding case.

In a statement to Kashmir News Service (KNS), the SIA said that they have 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. 

"Mohd. Shareef Shah was arrested by Jammu Police along with militant 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”. Babu Singh was in touch with the militants of Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen outfit (a proscribed militant organization) and separatists of JKLF (an unlawful association). These inimical entities had sent this terror 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," it said. 

It futher said that In the investigation 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 militants operating from Pakistan) but Mohd. Shareef Shah was arrested before he could hand over this militant fund to Babu Singh.

It also said that the investigation has established that Babu Singh was conducting online meetings and interviews with adversary and in his online address he has compared a militants, 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 militant, 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. 

"For all these acts, of omission and commission, offences under sections 13,16,17,18,20,38,39 & 40 of UA (P) Act 1967 have been attracted against Babu Singh and others," the SIA added (KNS)

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