Srinagar: President of the J&K High Court Bar Association Kashmir, Mian Abdul Qayoom was grilled by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for at least seven hours on Wednesday in New Delhi.
Qayoom was summoned by the investigating agency to its Delhi office for a case registered on May 30 this year.
“The questioning started around 10:30am today,” said advocate Arshid Andrabi. Andrabi is part of the 8-member Bar team that accompanied Qayoom to Delhi.
“The questioning stopped at about 6 in the evening. Our president was asked to report again at 11am on Thursday,” he added.
Andrabi said that the Investigating Officer of the case was not present during the questioning today.
The NIA has presented Qayoom as a witness in the RC-10/2017/NIA/DLI case.
The summons to Qayoom, 67, infuriated the lawyer community, which held protests against the NIA and has halted work in Kashmir courts. Work in Kashmir courts remained suspended for the third consecutive day on Wednesday.
“Mian Qayoom is okay,” said Andrabi when asked about his health. “He has answered (all questions) boldly.”
Meanwhile, the lawyers accompanying Qayoom said that they were confronted by the Delhi media. “We had an argument with the media personnel outside the NIA headquarters,” one lawyer said. “We told the Delhi media that they are spreading venom against our leaders.”
“We are going to proceed against India Today (news channel) for spreading false rumours (against Kashmiri leaders),” he said.