Srinagar: The judicial custody of four Hurriyat Conference leaders was extended by a special court of National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi on Monday.
NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal told Kashmir Reader that the special court of NIA in Patiala House complex extended the judicial custody of Hurriyat Conference leaders Altaf Fantosh, Peer Saifullah, Nayeem Khan and Mehraj ud Din Kalwal.
“The NIA court extended the judicial remand of the four accused by another thirty days, i.e., till 27th September,” Mittal told Kashmir Reader from New Delhi.
Mittal added that the police custody of Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali was extended by another 5 days till September 2. Watali’s business offices in Srinagar were searched on Sunday. Sources said that one of his close aides from Handwara was also questioned by a team of NIA.
On July 24, the NIA arrested seven resistance leaders in connection with its probe into funding for subversive activities in J&K. The judicial custody of Ayaz Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam and Bitta Karate had already been extended up to September 1.
When asked about the questioning of Naeem and Naseem, the sons of Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Mittal said, “The duo was called for questioning today (once again).” He said the two brothers reached the NIA headquarters at around 10 am today.
“The questioning of Nayeem and Nasim continued today once again,” sources said. “They are being interrogated for around 7 hours a day. Nayeem has been asked to get photostat copies of his passports as well.”
Meanwhile, a JKLF member said that Noor Muhammad Kalwal reached New Delhi this morning to appear before the NIA. Kalwal, a senior member of JKLF, was sent summons by the NIA on Saturday.
“Kalwal left for Delhi early this morning and was supposed to report at NIA headquarters the same day,” a JKLF member said. Kalwal was questioned by NIA in New Delhi, sources said.
Senior resistance leader Shabir Shah is also undergoing detention in Tihar jail after he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on July 25.
Sources said that NIA has six months at its disposal to file chargesheet in the case, and “till then the detention of the resistance leaders might continue”.
“In normal cases, police have three months to file chargesheet after interrogation of the accused but NIA has six months as given in the anti-terror law,” sources said.