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JKLF chief Yasin Malik tells court: will cross examine witnesses, don’t need a lawyer

Incarcerated Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Mohammad Yasin Malik on Saturday told a court that he doesn’t need a lawyer and will himself cross examine the witnesses in the twin militancy cases in which he is an accused.

Kashmir News Trust reported that in twin cases of the 1990s, Malik, a former militant commander, appeared through video conferencing in the court stating that he would like to cross-examine the witnesses himself without taking assistance from any lawyer.

The Special Court in Jammu on Saturday started cross-examination of witnesses in the three-decade-old cases of killing of four Indian Air Force personnel and the abduction of then Indian Home Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed’s daughter Dr. Rubaiya Sayeed.

Among over a dozen accused only one accused and a witness was present while the court deferred the cross-examination process when the lawyers of the accused cited the disturbances in Valley as a reason for the absence of their clients.

Court sources told news agency Kashmir News Trust that Malik who has been made accused in both cases appeared through video conference.

They said that Malik informed the court that he would like to cross-examine the witnesses himself and would not take any help from any lawyer.

Malik has been lodged at the Tihar Jail in New Delhi.

Pertinently, four IAF personnel, including a squadron leader, Ravi Khanna, were killed in an alleged militant attack in January 25, 1990 in the Rawalpora area of Srinagar outskirts.

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