J&K Court Issues Production Warrant Against Yasin Malik

| Updated: 21 September, 2022 5:49 pm IST

A court in Jammu on Wednesday issued a production warrant against Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Muhammad Yasin Malik, directing the Tihar jail authorities to produce him physically before the next date of hearing in the Rubaiya Sayeed abduction case.

“The TADA court has issued a production warrant against Malik and directed the Tihar jail authorities to produce him before it on the next date of the hearing,” CBI counsel in the case, advocate Monika Kohli, said. “The next date of hearing is scheduled for October 20,” she added.

Malik had requested the court allow him to appear physically to cross-examine witnesses in the case.

The CBI’s counsel said lawyers of other accused in the case cross-examined Rubaiya Sayeed today.

Rubaiya, who lives in Chennai along with her husband, appeared before the TADA court in Jammu for the first time in June as the prosecution’s witness, 33 years after she was kidnapped by JKLF members. Malik and nine others were named accused in the sensational kidnapping case.

On July 15, Rubaiya identified Malik, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment in another case and is currently lodged in Tihar jail, as his abductor in 1989.

PDP chief and former CM Mehbooba Mufti defended her sister’s identification of Malik, saying she followed the law. Pertinently, CBI took over the case in 2019 after the Union government banned Malik’s JKLF.

Rubaiya Sayeed, then a medical intern, was pulled down from a public bus and kidnapped by JKLF terrorists on December 8, 1989. She was set free five days later in exchange for the release of five militants of the JKLF. The then J&K Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah, had opposed the release of JKLF terrorists in exchange for Rubaiya.

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