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Davinder Singh case: NIA set to file chargeseheet against J&K DSP, 5 others this week

Nearly six months after Jammu and Kashmir DSP Davinder Singh was arrested in a terror case, the National investigation Agency (NIA) has said it has completed its probe and will file a chargesheet against the tainted cop and five others within this week.

The other accused in the case are two Hizb-ul terrorists Naveed Mushtaq alias Babu, Rafi Ahmed Rather and a law student Irfan Shafi Mir. The three were arrested on January 11 with the DSP from a checkpoint on the highway at Wanpoh area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

The DSP was allegedly giving a safe passage to terrorists in lieu of money. Due for a promotion, the cop was suspended after he was caught red-handed by the Jammu and Kashmir Police with terrorists. A week later, the NIA took over probe.

The fifth person to be arrested was Naveed’s brother Irfan Mushtaq. He was held on January 23 for allegedly being part of the conspiracy. Ex-president of cross-LoC trade Tanveer Ahmed Wani was the sixth accused. His role had come under scanner for giving money to Hizb-ul terrorist Naveed Babu, a former Special Police Officer, who left police to join terror ranks.

The chargesheet also mentions the role of Shafaqat, an assistant in Pakistan High Commission. Initial probe had revealed that the accused were in constant touch with a Pakistan High Commission official.

A former BJP sarpanch from Maldara in Shopian, Tariq Ahmed Mir, who has been linked to Davinder Singh and Hizb-ul terrosists, was arrested on April 30. He, however, has not been named in chargesheet, a top officer of NIA dealing with the case said.

He, however, clarified that since accused have been charged under UAPA, it gives the agency 180 days time to investigate. He will be named in a supplementary chargesheet, said the top officer.

All accused to be chargesheeted have been booked under Sections 18, 19, 20, 38 & 39 of the UA(P) Act, Sections 7/25 of Arms Act, Sections 3 & 4 of the Explosive Substance Act.

Three weeks ago, a massive controversy erupted after Davinder Singh was granted bail by a Delhi court after the Delhi Police failed to file chargesheet in another case. The NIA later issued clarification that Singh had not been bailed out in the main case.

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