Pak spy gets five-year jail

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 26, 2014 13:38 IST

Chief judicial magistrate Anubhav Sharma on Friday awarded five-year jail to Pakistani national Kasif Ali, 28, convicted of spying and cheating.

The court awarded two-year jail to Delhi resident Anand Kumar, 36, convicted of helping Ali get fake identity. He was, however, released on bail against bonds of Rs 1 lakh.

“Subversive and anti-national activities are on the rise jeopardising the peace of nation and friendly relations with neighbouring countries, this court cannot show any leniency towards guilty accused Ali,” reads the court order. It also imposed Rs 16,000 fine on the convict. The court specified that after undergoing the sentence, Ali should be deported in accordance to the rules.

The order added “In regard to guilty accused Anand, this court is of considered view that though the prosecution has failed to establish his conspiracy with Ali for any spying activities, still sentencing him appropriately will send a message to people at large that such casual approach in playing deceit and helping anyone impersonating can be dangerous to the safety and integrity of the nation.” WILL NOT APPEAL: ALI
“I accept the verdict and will not appeal against the order,” said Ali soon after his conviction. He has been lodged in the jail since his arrest on July 10, 2010. This period of about four years spend in the jail during the trial will be considered as part of the sentence served, so Ali will be freed by August next year as he has decided not to appeal.

“I would like to be born in India in my next birth. I am staying in India since 2005 and came to Chandigarh somewhere in 2007. I am a Pakistani but love India, and had not been spying,” he told mediapersons after the conviction.

“I wanted to stay in India, so had assumed the fake identity,” he added. I WASN’T AWARE THAT ALI IS PAKISTANI: ANAND

“I had met him in Delhi when he was searching for a rented accommodation and helped him find one but was not aware that he was a Pakistani national. Only after my arrest I came to know that he was living on my brother Pawan Kumar’s identity,” said Anand, who was released on bail.

His wife and 11-month daughter, along with other family members, were also present.

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