New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) A court here on Friday awarded seven-year jail terms to two members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group after their application for pleading guilty to charges against them was allowed.
Those convicted by District and Sessions Judge Amar Nath are Sheikh Azhar-ul-Islam alias Abdul Sattar Sheikh and Mohammed Farhan alias Mohammed Rafiq Shaikh.
District judge Amar Nath convicted 24-year-old Azhar-ul- Islam from Jammu and Kashmir and 25-year-old Mohammed Farhan Shaikh from Maharashtra, following their U-turn more than a month after the court framed charges against them.
The accused had moved an application through advocate MS Khan saying they “are remorseful of the acts alleged against them. There is no prior criminal record against them and they want to join the mainstream and want to be productive for the society and want to rehabilitate themselves”.
“The applicants are pleading guilty without any pressure, threat, coercion or undue influence,” the plea had said.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had arrested Sheikh, Farhan and Adnan Hassan alias Mohammad Hussain in January last year on charges of involvement in a conspiracy to identify, motivate, radicalise, recruit and train potential members for the international militant group.
In their applications, both Sheikh and Farhan pleaded that they were remorseful over their actions.
“We want to return to the mainstream and be productive for society and want to rehabilitate ourselves,” they said, adding that their guilty plea was made without any pressure, threat, coercion or undue influence.
Sheikh Azhar hails from Jammu and Kashmir while Farhan hails from Maharashtra. Hassan is a resident of Karnataka.