Hizb-Ut-Tahrir member chargesheeted for promoting establishment of Islamic Caliphate

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New Delhi, May 29 (PTI) Nearly one-and-a-half months after taking over the probe of a case related to anti-national activities by a member of the fundamentalist Hizb-Ut-Tahrir in Tamil Nadu, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a chargesheet against him for promoting establishment of the Islamic State Caliphate.

The chargesheet against 31-year-old Mohammad Iqbal N alias Senthil Kumar, a resident of Kazimar Street in Madurai, was filed in a special NIA Court in Chennai on Friday, a spokesman of the anti-terror probe agency said.

He said the chargesheet against Iqbal was filed under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The spokesman said the case was originally registered at Thideernagar Police Station in Madurai against the accused for allegedly uploading denigrating posts on Facebook and it was subsequently shifted to the NIA which re-registered the case on April 15 for a thorough investigation.

'The investigation has revealed that the posts on the Facebook page 'Thoonga Vizhigal Rendu is in Kazimar Street' were uploaded by the accused to incite communal disharmony amongst different religious groups in a manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order,' the spokesman said.

He said the accused had conspired with other suspects in the name of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a banned organisation in many countries, and had professed and preached about establishing the Islamic State Caliphate or Khilafa and implementing Sharia globally, including in India, by overthrowing non-Islamic governments.

'In furtherance of conspiracy, he had participated in closed door Bayans (meetings) and also created multiple accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Telegram and WhatsApp to upload posts intending to disclaim, disrupt the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India and to excite disaffection towards the Indian government,' he said.

The spokesman said further investigation in the case was going on. PTI SKL AAR AAR