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SIMI camp case:two convicts get 14 years RI, three 12 years

Kochi: A special NIA court here today sentenced two convicts in the Panayikulam SIMI camp case to 14 years rigorous imprisonment and three others to 12 years after they were found guilty under various IPC sections and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Additional District and Sessions Court Judge K M
Balachandran said the accused are not entitled to get the
benefit of concurrent running of case.

The court had on November 25 convicted five SIMI
activists and acquitted 11 others in the case relating to a
'secret' meeting of the banned outfit at Pannayikulam near
Aluva in 2006.

The court found all accused guilty under section 13(1)(b)
of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and awarded a maximum
sentence of seven years RI besides sentencing them under
various sections of UAPA and IPC.

Even though counsel for the accused canvassed for
extending the benefit of Probation of Offenders Act to the
accused, "since the offences committed by them are against our
nation, I find that this is not a fit case wherein the benefit
of the Probation of Offenders Act could be extended to them,"
the judge said.

The court imposed a Rs 60,000 fine each on first accused
P A Shaduly and second accused Abdul Rasik while a Rs 55,000
fine each was imposed on third accused Ansar Nadvi, fourth
accused Nizamudeen and fifth accused Shammi.

"The sentences shall run consecutively with the result,
the accused 1 and 2 will have to undergo substantive sentence
of 14 years each and the accused 3,4 and 5 will have to
undergo a substantive sentence of 12 years each," it ruled.

The period of remand undergone by the accused would be
given set off as mandated under CrPc section 428, it said.

The second accused Abdul Rasik and third accused Ansar
Nadvi were found guilty of sedition, while first accused P A
Shaduly, fourth accused Nizamuddin and fifth accused Shammin
were convicted under Section 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy).

Hailing the verdict, NIA prosecutor P G Manu said the
court has awarded maximum sentences to the convicted who have
been found guilty of antinational activities.

The prosecution case was a SubInspector of Binnanipuram
in the district had received information that the accused had
assembled unlawfully at a hall in Pannayikulam and made
inflammatory speeches.

Books and pamphlets which were proPakistan and
antigovernment, seditious and provocative in content with a
view to create religious animosity were seized from them, it
was stated.

The accused hailing from districts like Idukki and
Kottayam, Thrissur and Palakkad assembled at Pannyikulam only
for the 'secret' meeting, the prosecution stated.

The case was first probed by state police and later
handed over to National Investigation Agency, which filed a
charge sheet in December 2011.

The charges were framed by the court in June 2014 and
trial commenced on July 2014.

The prosecution completed arguments on March 2015.



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