NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has talked to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the case of photojournalist Kamran Yousuf who has been charged by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Mehbooba has urged Singh to save Yousuf’s life from ruining.
“Spoke to Home Minister @rajnathsingh ji to look into Kamran Yousuf’s case. I’ve requested him to intervene so that the life of a young budding journalist does not get ruined,” tweeted the J&K CM Sunday afternoon.
Spoke to Home Minister @rajnathsingh ji to look into Kamran Yousuf’s case. I’ve requested him to intervene so that the life of a young budding journalist does not get ruined.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) March 11, 2018
In January, NIA had filed a chargesheet against photojournalist Kamran Yousuf of Jammu and Kashmir in the stone-pelting and terror funding case, saying he was not a “real journalist” as he rarely executed “moral duty” of a journalist, which according to the agency, is covering “development activity” of government or party in power.
The NIA has said that Yousuf was not covering “developmental activity of any government department” or “inauguration of a hospital or a school” or “statement of any political party in power” and concluded that these are some of the reasons that he cannot be described as a “real journalist”.
The chargesheet was filed on January 18 against 12 people including Yousuf, a free-lance photojournalist arrested on September 5, 2017 for his alleged involvement in “stone-pelting incidents”.