SRINAGAR: The scientific fraternity of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K) has condemned the “arbitrary” quizzing of varsity’s scientist Dr Syed Naseem Geelani.
An official statement issued here said that an emergency meeting of the apex scientists association, SKUAST-K Scientists and Teachers Association (SSTA), Shalimar Campus, urged the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and home minister Rajnath Singh not to implicate their scientists arbitrarily.
“Arbitrary summoning and quizzing of Dr Naseem amounts to harassment and mental torture of such a scientist of repute besides affecting the university academics,” President SSTA, Dr SA Dar said. “If anything happens (to Naseem), the state government and the GoI would be responsible.”
“We have already made it clear that we are not against (the) ongoing investigation conducted by NIA but we condemn that our scientist has been summoned again to New Delhi. Summon is nothing but only harassment of the scientist and to make him suffer for no fault,” Dar said.
President SSTA said Syed Naseem Geelani has visited NIA, New Delhi twice and was questioned twice. “Now he is being called again on 25th of September, 2017 to NIA headquarters, New Delhi. The time of scientist is very precious and by frequent calling to New Delhi, a lot of time is involved in this process. By these means, the scientist is losing the opportunities in his teaching, research and other academic activities which are going to affect his career besides the academic activities of the university in a very worst manner,” he said.
“Instead of encouraging the people of Kashmir to overcome the challenges confronted in a trouble torn region they are being subjected to more trouble.”
“We are hopeful of professional approach of the NIA and urge the organisation to make it convenient to quiz our scientist following due process of law,” SSTA said and appealed that the questioning be held at Srinagar or through telecommunication.
SSTA also appealed the Governor N N Vohra, who is also the Chancellor of SKUAST-Kashmir, to intervene into the matter.