J&K Court Issues Warrant Against Rubaiya, Turns Down Malik’s Plea

SRINAGAR | Updated: 23 August, 2022 6:12 pm IST

A court in Jammu on Tuesday issued a bailable warrant against Rubaiya Sayeed after she failed to appear for her cross-examination by Yasin Malik, whom she had identified as her abductor during the last hearing of the case.

Advocate Monika Kohli, the special public prosecutor for CBI, said that Rubaiya Sayeed did not appear in the TADA court for her cross-examination by the accused.

“The Court has issued a bailable warrant against her and directed her to remain present at the next date of hearing scheduled for September 21,” she said.

In July this year, Rubaiya identified terrorist Yasin Malik as one of her kidnappers in 1989. She was kidnapped in December 1989, when her father, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, was the Union Home minister.

Rubaiya, then 23, had been abducted by the terrorists to seek the release of five JKLF terrorists – Abdul Hameed Sheikh (Wani’s deputy), Ghulam Nabi Bhat (brother of JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat), Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Mohammad Altaf and Javed Ahmad Zargar – from the prison.

The CBI counsel said the court also turned down Malik’s plea for physical appearance, saying there were directions from the high court to produce all the accused in all the cases through virtual mode. She said the court also offered Malik legal aid, but he refused the offer.

Malik is currently undergoing a life sentence at Tihar jail in New Delhi after being convicted in a terror funding case.

Just six days before the incident, her father, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, had been sworn in as the Union Home minister in the VP Singh government.

The bus, in which Rubaiya was travelling, was intercepted by four armed men, a few hundred metres from Mufti’s residence at Nowgam, on the outskirts of Srinagar city.

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