Senior Congress leader PC Chacko dragged Congress party in a major controversy today (27 April) as he praised the separatist leader Yasin Malik for his 'courage' against the Government of India.
The chief of banned outfit Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Yasin Malik has been sent to a judicial custody till 24 May on charges of terror funding and money laundering. He is being kept at Delhi’s Tihar jail.
Though Chacko said that he does support Malik’s ideology or actions, but at the same time asserted that Malik should be ‘appreciated’ for the ‘courage’ he has shown in front of the government because New Delhi cannot threaten anybody.
Defending his words, Chacko added, “If Pragya Singh Thakur, a convicted person, an accused person, can contest an election, and in the name of separatism, Delhi is asking him (Yasin Malik) at gunpoint to surrender, anyone with self-respect will react the way”.
Malik, whose organisation JKLF was banned last month by the Centre, is also facing two Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) cases relating to the kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of the then Union home minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, in 1989, and the killing of four Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel in 1990.
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