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Odishatv Bureau

Finally, the NIA court today awarded rigorous life imprisonment to Yasin Malik in a terror funding case. The pro-Pak separatist's quantum of sentence was pronounced after he pleaded guilty and was convicted in the terror funding case. 

Special NIA Judge Praveen Singh pronounced the quantum of sentence for terror funding case convict Yasin Malik at Patiala House court today.

As per NIA prosecutor, the court has awarded Yasin Malik 2 life imprisonments, 5 ten-year terms and rigorous imprisonment (sentences to run concurrently). He is also fined Rs 10 lakh apart from other additional fines.

During the course of the hearing, Malik said: "I will not beg for anything. The case is before this court and I leave it on the court to decide it."

"If I have been involved in any terrorist activity or violence in 28 years, if Indian Intelligence proves this, then I will also retire from politics. I will accept the hanging... with seven Prime Ministers, I have worked," he told the court.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) told the court during the hearing that the accused is responsible for the Kashmiri Pandits' exodus from the Valley.

Security was earlier beefed up outside Yasin Malik's house as well as the NIA. Besides, dog squad and thermal scanning took place before presenting Mailk in the Court room.

The NIA had earlier reportedly sought death penalty Yasin Malik, who had earlier pleaded guilty of all charges, including those under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, in a terror funding case.

On the other hand, the amicus curiae sought life imprisonment as a minimum punishment in the case.

On May 19, Malik was convicted by court. A day later, he had told the court that he was not contesting the charges levelled against him that included section 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds for terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy to commit terrorist act) and 20 (being member of terrorist gang or organisation) of the UAPA and sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition) of the IPC.

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