India to raise issue of probe in BKI terror funding with UK

  • Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 11, 2015 10:16 IST

As the India-UK joint working group on counter-terrorism meets in London next week, the Indian delegation is all set to remind the UK about the pending request for sharing evidence in terror funding case against alleged Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) operatives, sources told Hindustan Times.

BKI is a banned outfit in India. “For the past one year, the UK is sitting on a request from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) under the mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT). Before sharing evidence in the case, the UK wants an undertaking from India that no accused in the case will be given death penalty, which India has refused to accept,” said a home ministry official, requesting anonymity.

India says such an undertaking cannot be given at the stage of probe. “If a case would involve death penalty or not can be known only at the time of filing formal charges in the court after completing the probe,” added the official.

Indian delegation is going to tell the UK that the investigation in the case is not gathering pace without its cooperation.

In August 2012, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had registered a case against the BKI operatives for allegedly funding sleeper cells of terrorists, their jailed associates and family members in Punjab to revive militancy in the state.

The NIA alleged that Punjab-based BKI operatives were receiving money from their UK-based alleged associates - Balbir Singh Bains and Joga Singh and some front outfits like Sikh Organisation for Prisoner Welfare and Khalsa Aid.

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