16 suspected ISIS operatives move court seeking speedy trial

NEW DELHI: Sixteen suspected ISIS operatives, arrested from across the country on charges of recruiting and financing people to join the terror outfit, on Tuesday moved a Delhi court seeking day-to-day trial.

District Judge Poonam A Bamba issued notice to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and sought response by December 3, the next date of hearing.

Advocate M S Khan, representing some of the accused, said that while the law mandates speedy trial of NIA cases, proceedings in the present case “are going slower than the speed of a snail”.

The NIA had alleged that that the accused are members of banned outfit Islamic State (IS) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and in connivance with a few resident and non-resident Indians, have been indulging in identification, radicalisation, recruitment, training of people.

“The proceedings in the case are going at a very slow pace depriving the fundamental right of the accused to have a speedy trial…. It has been almost three years and not even charges have been framed,” the counsel said in the application. (AGENCIES)