The Indian administration in Kashmir has given its go-ahead to police to prosecute jailed pro freedom leader Shabir Ahmad Shah under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act-1967 in a six-year-old case.
The Home department has sanctioned prosecution of Shah, who is chairman of Democratic Freedom Party, for commission of offences punishable under section of the Indian law.
“Now, therefore, in 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 for 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 the order, police had “received a reliable information on March 28, 2015, that Shah after conclusion of Friday prayers had addressed a public gathering raised slogans against the sovereignty and integrity of India”.
“During investigation, it was revealed 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, which is under India’s direct control since the abrogation of region’s autonomy in 2019, 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 an alleged money laundering file in 2005. Since then, Shah, who has been dubbed as Nelson Mandela of Kashmir, remains incarcerated.