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Kashmir police ask US authorities, Google for email exchanges of arrested PDP leader Parra

The US authorities and Google have been approached by the Jammu and Kashmir Police to share email contents exchanged by Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, a close aide of PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, with Pakistan-based secessionist leaders and militants, a charge sheet filed by the police has said.

The charge sheet said there is prima facie evidence “sufficient to launch prosecution” against Parra for establishing a nexus with militants to seek their backing for his political gains and for reciprocating by way of providing a range of help and support which led to militant strikes.

“During the investigation, it was found that the accused used to receive instructions and advice from Pakistan-based secessionist leaders and communicated action-taken reports and a host of information in furtherance of militancy and secessionism,” the charge sheet filed by the Counter Intelligence Kashmir wing of the police said.

The charge sheet, submitted before a designated court in Srinagar earlier this month, said Parra used to share information through several email services, of which three have been brought on record.

“Accordingly, a request has been forwarded through proper channels to Google US as per their standard forms and norms for providing details/contents of emails exchanged by Parra through his three email IDs,” the 19-page charge sheet said.

Through the Ministry of External Affairs, Police has approached US authorities, by invoking the provisions of the mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT), to provide necessary assistance in the case.

“Google US has been approached through proper channels as per their standard norms to provide details/contents of emails exchanged by Parra through his three emails IDs with militant groups in Pakistan.”

Parra’s lawyer, as well as the PDP, has denied all the allegations levelled against Parra and has termed them “politically motivated”.

PDP president and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti have also alleged that the police were “torturing” Parra and keeping him in “inhuman conditions”.

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