NIA summons Geelani's son in terror funding case

NIA summons Geelani's son in terror funding case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing terror funding to Kashmiri separatists and militants, on Friday summoned the younger son of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani to its headquarters in New Delhi "as a witness."

The NIA issued summons to Naseem Geelani, who teaches at SK University of Agricultural Science and Technology (SKUAST) in Srinagar, asking him to appear before it on December 26.

"Whereas it appears you are acquainted with the circumstances of the case noted, which I am investigating, you are hereby required to attend before me on December 26 at 11 am at NIA building, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, for the purpose of answering certain questions relating to the case," the summons reads.

He has been asked to appear as a witness in case RC 10/2017/NIA/DLI, under sections 120B, 121A of IPC r/w section 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 38, 39 and 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Naseem and his elder brother Naeem, a doctor once based in Pakistan, were questioned by the NIA twice in August in the terror funding case. Both the brothers are on the NIA radar in connection with the May 30 case registered against Kashmiri separatists for allegedly conniving with Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, and others to raise and receive funds to create unrest in the valley.

Anti-terror probe

The NIA has so far arrested 10 people, including seven separatist leaders. Those arrested include Geelani's son-in-law and a renowned Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali. The anti-terror probe agency has also questioned dozens of people in Delhi in its effort to unearth the scam. It has also questioned Faheem Ali, a Deputy Superintendent of Police who was personal security officer of moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

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