The head of India’s lead anti- terror agency, Sharad Kumar was surprised when on his desk this brown envelope was landed. From Naseem Geelani the letter was, he is the youner son of Kashmiri Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who had been summoned by the National Investigation Agency to face questions around the same time.
Mr Kumar didn't know what to expect.
By Kashmiri separatist, the agency has been probing terror funding. NIA has arrested about half-a-dozen of separatis as it was in this context, which includes the SAS Geelani’s Son-in-Law Altaf Ahmad Shah. Naseem, a professor in Sher-e-Kashmir Agriculture University, was also involved, suspected by NIA.
Naseem promised to turn up in person again but appeared to complain that NIA has sent him the order to appear before investigators directly, not through his university, whenever Naseem was summoned.
“So that I can avail my travel and dearness allowance, NIA should summon me through my department,” said by Naseem, as per the letter accessed by NDTV.
A top agency official said this was the first request of its kind, for the NIA that is probing scores of terror cases.
An NIA official said that "we have complied with it,". A fresh order to summon him was immediately sent, this one through the university.
On the NIA's radar, Naseem's elder brother Naeem –- had been able to duck the summons for now. He has told the agency that he was unwell.
In May 30, for the agency both are key suspects case registered against Kashmir separatists for allegedly conniving with outlawed groups such as the Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba to receive funds to create unrest in the valley and raise. To get evidence linking terror funding to nail SAS Geelani the NIA hopes, considered among the most hardline separatist leader in Kashmir valley.
By the Enforcement Directorate Shabir Shah, Hurriyat leader who was earlier arrested and is alleged to have indicted Geelani and claimed that Geelani would get a major chunk of funding for his activities from Pakistan. Shabir Shah is also reported to have asked his handlers in Pakistan to directly deal with him and not through Geelani, as per the investigation.