Jammu Bar expels ‘traitor’ Divender Singh Behl from Bar membership

Jammu: The Bar Association of Jammu (BAJ) on Tuesday expelled lawyer Devinder Singh Behal, who is associated with separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, after he was arrested by the NIA in a terror funding case.

“As soon as we came to know about his (Behal) activities, we verified our records and immediately decided to expel him without any notice from the primary membership of the association,” BAJ president BS Salathia told reporters in Jammu.

“Ours is a nationalist association and we will not tolerate the presence of any ‘anti-national’ element, whether associated with Hurriyat or any other group,” he said.

Widening its probe in the terror funding case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had on 30 July searched the office and residence of Behal over his alleged role in routing funds to separatists from their Pakistan-based handlers.

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