SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday said that member of J&K legislative assembly (MLA), Sheikh Abdul Rasheed alias Engineer Rasheed is being questioned in New Delhi and it will continue on Thursday as well.
Speaking to the Kashmir Reader from Delhi, the NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal said, “Questioning of Er Rasheed is going on and he has been called for it once again on Thursday.”
He said that the Kashmir MLA, who represents Langate constituency in J&K legislative assembly, is being questioned in alleged funding case.
“No one else was questioned,” he added.
The NIA on May 30 had registered a case in alleged funding to resistance groupings in J&K and has arrested ten persons.
The detained persons include seven top pro-freedom leaders, a top business man, a photo-journalist and a farmer.
“I will have to confirm about it,” Mittal replied when asked about who had named Rasheed in the case.
Rasheed is an independent lawmaker who won twice from Langate since 2008. He was a civil engineer with JKPCC before jumping into electoral politics. After his first successful stint as MLA, Rasheed formed Awami Ittihad Party (AIP) few years ago.
Speaking to this newspaper from JK House Delhi, ‘visibly’ disappointed Rasheed said, “NIA is unnecessarily questioning me. They are asking me about my relations with incarcerated businessman Zahoor Watali.” The MLA seemed too tired during his phone conversation.
His spokesperson, Inam-un-Nabi, told the Kashmir Reader that Rasheed was continuously questioned since 10 am today and the MLA came from the NIA offices around 7 pm.
“He was asked by the NIA investigators to report back at 10 am on Thursday,” he informed.
When contacted, Speaker of J&K legislative Assembly said that the NIA had informed his office before summoning MLA Langate and “it was matter of only questioning”. The opposition lawmakers even asked the speaker to intervene in the case.
The NIA case has registered the case at its Police Station in New Delhi following a Ministry of Home Affairs (GoI) Order F No. 11011/26/2017-IS.IV, dated 30th of May, 2017.
Several others including lawyers, chartered accounts, trade leaders, and a scholar have been questioned.