The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on a plea filed by Kashmiri woman leader and Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Aasiya Andrabi challenging the agency’s decision to seize her house in Srinagar.
A Division Bench of Justices Mukta Gupta and Anish Dayal sought the response from NIA on Andrabi’s plea as well as that of her associate, Fehmeeda Sofi, challenging the seizure of her car. The matter will now be considered on September 28. Aasiya Andrabi and Fehmeeda Sofi were booked under the draconian law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. In 2019, the NIA had passed an order to seize the house of Andrabi and the car of Fehmeeda on the charge that these IIOJK women are involved in pro-freedom activities.
The order by NIA to attach the property of Andrabi and Fehmeeda was the first such attachment of pro-freedom activists’ property in Kashmir.—INP