The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday (March 9) issued summons to top Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Naseem Geelani, son of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
While Naseem has been summoned twice earlier, this is the first time the top leader of Hurriyat has been called for questioning related to 2017 Jammu and Kashmir terror funding case.
India Today TV has learnt Mirwaiz has been asked to present himself before the investigators at NIA’s New Delhi head office on Monday (March 11).
On February 26, the NIA raided Mirwaiz’s residence at Nigeen, Srinagar and the search went on for over six hours.
The first set of arrests by the NIA in 2017 included Shahid-ul-Islam who is a close aide of Mirwaiz. Sources said the questioning pertains to a letter seized during raids which stated Rs 5,000 were paid to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative. The sources added that the said money was allegedly given by Shahid to the operative on behest of Mirwaiz.
Jammu and Kashmir Police DSP Faheem Ali, who was deployed for security of the leader, was also called in for questioning in August, 2017.
The sources told India Today TV that Mirwaiz was consulting his lawyers before coming to Delhi.
The NIA in February had carried out searches on houses of separatist leaders.
According to an NIA spokesperson, seven locations which were raided belonged to top separatist leaders namely Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, JKLF chairman Yasin Malik, president of JKDFP Shabir Shah and Naseem Geelani.
The NIA teams seized incriminating documents including property papers, financial transactions receipts and bank account details. Electronic devices including laptops, tablets, mobile phones, pen drives, communication system and DVRs were also seized during the searches.
The government has also cracked down on SAS Geelani keeping him under house arrest while Yasin Malik was slapped with Public Safety Act (PSA) and was shifted to Kotbalwal jail in Jammu.
Following the Pulwama terror attack on Febraury 14 that killed over 40 CRPF soldiers, the government withdrew security cover of senior separatist leaders in the Valley. Mirwaiz had termed raids on the houses of separatists as a political vendetta against the separatist leadership.