JK Admin grants sanction to prosecute Shabir Shah in 6-year-old case

Case registered under ULA (P) Act in 2015

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has given its go-ahead to the police for the prosecution of jailed separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act-1967 in a six-year-old case.

The Home department of the JK administration has sanctioned prosecution of Shah, who is chairman of Democratic Freedom Party, for the commission of offences punishable under section 13 ULA(P) Act.

“Now, therefore, in the exercise of powers conferred by sub-section 02 of section 45 ULA(P)Act, 1967, the government hereby accord sanction for launching prosecution against the above mentioned accused of commission of offences punishable under section 13 ULA(P) Act in the case FIR No. 52/2015 of police station Sumbal,” reads an order issued by Home Department.

According to the order, Bandipora police had received reliable information on March 28, 2015, that Shah after the conclusion of Friday prayers had addressed a public gathering raised slogans against the sovereignty and integrity of India.

“During the investigation, it was revealed that that the accused after Friday prayers had appeared in Naidkhai and raised anti-national slogans and also instigated the youth of the area against the sovereignty and integrity of India,” reads the order. The Home department of JK is the competent authority to grant sanction in the FIRs registered under the ULA (P) Act.

Shah was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in July 2017 in a money laundering case dating back to 2005. Since then, he is in jail.


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