Srinagar: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday stoked another controversy as she demanded that JKLF chief Yasin Malik should be released immediately as ‘he is really unwell’.

Further, she also sought the release of other members of the Jamaat-e-Islami, while hitting out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for fielding Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat. ” Sadhvi Pragya on whom there are several serious accusations, has been set free,” she was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Delhi’s Patiala House Court sent Yasin Malik to judicial custody till May 24. He was arrested in a case related to funding of separatists and terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir.

Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Syal also sought reply from the defence counsel on a plea of Tihar jail authorities seeking to produce Malik through video conference due to security concerns.

The court had sent Malik to NIA custody. He was brought to the national capital after a court in Kashmir granted his transit remand to the National Investigation Agency.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has reserved its judgment on a CBI plea for reopening three-decade-old cases in which Malik was an accused.

The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief is facing charges of kidnapping and murder for being allegedly involved in abducting Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of then Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in 1989, and killing of four Indian Air Force personnel in 1990.

The JKLF was recently banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

(Inputs from PTI)