NIA charge-sheet against Davinder ready, awaits MHA nod
NEW DELHI, Jun 29: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is ready with a charge-sheet to be filed this week against the suspended J&K Police deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh, a Sikh, and four accomplices under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for allegedly aiding and abetting banned Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant to plan the terror attacks in Delhi and other parts of the country.
It is just awaiting the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) prosecution sanction mandatory under Section 45 of the UAPA. Sources said contacts in the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW), the external intelligence agency of the country, were found to have been used by Davinder, but the charge-sheet is silent on the role of RAW because of the security reasons as otherwise it would expose its men operating in Pakistan and J&K.
Davinder was an ace anti-terror expert of J&K police until he came under the police dragnet for accommodating the militants and providing his vehicle for their movements. He was arrested on February 4. He and others are also named under the Arms Act and the Explosive Substance Act. He allegedly developed contacts with the militants during his stint in Pulwama, though the NIA says he had been helping the militants escape in encounters for many years with nobody suspecting him because of many successful encounters to his credit.
If the sanction is delayed, he and other accomplices will become eligible for bail allowed under UAPA after 180 days of arrest that will be completed by July end. Only recently, he secured bail from a Delhi court after the special cell of Delhi Police failed to file a charge-sheet in another case registered by it for allegedly planning a terror attack in Delhi.
The charge-sheet is believed to give details of Davinder's alleged links with Pakistan's ISI through advocate Irfan Shafi Mir, son of slain J&K police constable, as the real conduit in touch with several agencies, officials of the Pakistan High Commission and Hizbul militants. Singh had been using the Internet platforms to chat with the co-accused and the Hizbul militants, the NIA charge-sheet claims. It may also highlight the Hizb links of former MLA Engineer Rashid. Davinder is charged with helping Irfan set up two safe houses for the militants in Jammu.