‘Being son of Hurriyat leader doesn’t make him a criminal’
SRINAGAR: Scientists and Teachers Association (SSTA) have appealed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to follow due process of law while summoning and questioning Dr Syed Naseem Geelani, a senior scientist of SKUAST-Kashmir.
The Association in a statement said, “According to our reports, one of the scientist of our university (SKUAST-Kashmir) who happens to be (the) son of (a) Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, have been summoned by NIA for questioning. We do not question (or) have any problem with the investigation process but (our) appeal is that due process of law should be followed.”
“According to our information, Dr Syed Naseem Geelani has been summoned by NIA at 7:00 pm on 01-08-2017 serving a (him a) warrant and (has been) asked to appear before the agency for questioning at 10 am the next day. Such summoning, questioning and investigation sounds arbitrary as due process of law is not being followed.”
SSTA said, “How can a scientist working in a reputed university can leave the station without any information to his office in such a short notice. It would have been better if he would have been summoned through a communication with a copy to Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and concerned Dean of the university.”
“We condemn this biased and arbitrary approach of such a top and reputed investigation agency of a democratic country like India and appeal the home minister of India and chief minister, J&K, to intervene into the issue and instruct NIA not to harass and treat Dr Syed Naseem Geelani as a criminal. We have firm belief that Dr Geelani will cooperate with the agency but such arbitrary approach by the agencies needs to be revised.”
SSTA, in a statement, also condemned the “biased” reporting and statements of some Delhi-based news channels and newspapers. They are making a “smear campaign and mudslinging” in favour of such a reputed scientist of SKUAST-Kashmir, who has been working flawlessly in the university for more than 15 years with due sincerity and dedication.
“Dr Syed Naseem Geelani is a reputed scientist and has no political affiliation with Hurriyat and its working in Kashmir valley. Being a son of Hurriyat leader does not make him a criminal,” the Association said.