Court issues warrant against JKLF chief
6 May 2001
New Delhi: A Delhi court has issued a non-bailable warrant against Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yaseen Malik for his failure to appear before it in a decade-old TADA case. Rejecting the plea of Malik's counsel, Additional Sessions Judge V K Jain has issued a non-bailable warrant against Malik which is returnable by May 31. Malik's counsel has moved an application for his exemption from personal appearance. His counsel told the court that Malik has been in the United States for his treatment and he should be exempted from personal appearance. Malik is facing trial for allegedly funding terrorist organisations in the case in which four other accused had pleaded guilty and were sentence to five years rigorous imprisonment. Those, who had pleaded guilty were Mufti Mehrajuddin, Seikh Gulam Mohammed, Mohammed Yaseen Bhat and Mustaq Ahmed Zargar alias "Latram". Zargar is one of the three militants who were exchanged with the hostages of IC-814 passengers on December 31, 1999. Malik's counsel R M Tufail told there was no evidence against Malik in the case and he was granted a special passport by the Government of India to visit the USA and UK for treatment of various ailments including that of renal disorder. Tufail said Malik, who is now in the US, had left India on March 8, for specialised treatment.