Justice B. Kemal Pasha (Retired)

The IS module busted by NIA from Kanakamala in Kannur district of Kerala in October 2016 had planned to attack Justice Kemal Pasha (now retired) of Kerala High Court. The prosecutor for the NIA submitted before the NIA court in Kochi, Kerala that the IS had planned to target a High Court judge, a police officer and some leaders of the RSS. NIA source has confirmed that Justice Kemal Pasha was in the target list of the IS module. Justice Kemal Pasha retired as Judge of the Kerala High Court on 24th May, 2018.

In March, 2016 Justice Kemala Pasha had remarked while speaking about Muslim Personal Law that if Muslim men are permitted to marry four times, Muslim women should also be permitted to do so. Justice Kemal Pasha had also supported the Uniform Civil Code (UCC). Justice Kemal Pasha had come under strong criticism then from various organisations for his remarks criticising sharia law. Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen, a fundamentalist ‘salafi’ organisation had warned about ‘crossing limits’.

The NIA had busted an IS module in Kerala in October 2016 when they were holding a meeting in Kanakamala of Kannur District. Manseed Muhmood, Swalih Mohammed, Rashid Ali, Ramshad N K, Safvan and Jasim N K were arrested and are facing trial in the case. The NIA had filed a chargesheet against them under Sections 120B, 121, 122, 125 of IPC and sections 17, 18, 18B, 20, 38, 39 and 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The NIA has now sought to add charge under Section 121A of the IPC based on the latest findings. Section 121A pertains to conspiracy to wage war against the Government of India. As per the NIA prosecutor, conspiring to target a Judge of the High Court and a Police officer who are part of government machinery will amount to conspiring to wage war against the Government.  The trial in the case is expected to conclude soon.

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