Luthra to han­dle J&K ter­ror fund­ing case

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Region - Azaan Javaid azaan.javaid@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: The Union home min­istry has ap­pointed Sid­harth Luthra, who served as the Ad­di­tional So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral (ASG) dur­ing the UPA regime, to serve as the spe­cial pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor in the Jammu and Kash­mir ter­ror fund­ing case.

The se­nior ad­vo­cate will ap­pear for the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) in case bail ap­pli­ca­tions or writ pe­ti­tions re­lat­ing to the case are moved in the Supreme Court.

Luthra has al­ready rep­re­sented the agency when a spe­cial Delhi court took up the ter­ror fund­ing case.

The NIA had ar­rested mul­ti­ple sep­a­ratist lead­ers as well as busi­ness­men for al­legedly fu­el­ing last year’s un­rest in the Val­ley by pro­vid­ing the pro­test­ers with funds that came from Pak­istan.

Al­though min­istry and NIA sources con­firmed Luthra’s ap­point­ment, the 51-year-old told HT that he had not re­ceived any in­ti­ma­tion.

Cho­sen as the ASG dur­ing the Man­mo­han Singh gov­ern­ment, Luthra in the past served as the spe­cial pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor in the Nirb­haya gang rape case.

He has also rep­re­sented Union fi­nance min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley in the crim­i­nal defama­tion law­suit filed by him against Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal.

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