Srinagar: After five consecutive days of questioning in the “terror funding” case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday told Member of Legislative Assembly Sheikh Abdul Rasheed, popularly known as Engineer Rasheed, to go home and fetch property documents and bank statements. Rasheed told Kashmir Reader that the NIA said he will be called back to New Delhi after the 11th of this month.
Rasheed represents Langate assembly segment in the J&K legislature. He was handed the NIA summons on September 29 at his Jawahar Nagar official residence. He was summoned to the NIA’s New Delhi headquarters on October 3 and since then he has been questioned by the NIA investigators throughout the past five days.
“I was told by the NIA officials to go home,” Rasheed told Kashmir Reader over phone from New Delhi.
“I have been asked to get documents of my property, including land and bank statements,” he said.
Rasheed, a native of Laach village of Langate, has won assembly elections twice from the Langate seat. He formed his own party a few years ago called Awami Ittihad Party (AIP).
The MLA’s spokesperson, Inam-un-Nabi, told this newspaper that Rasheed has “nothing to hide”.
“Our activities are open,” he said. “Let people probe what they want.”
Engineer Rasheed is the first mainstream politician to be called by the NIA in the case it registered on May 30 over alleged funding for “subversive activities in J&K”.
Kashmir’s mainstream political parties have criticised the NIA’s summoning of a sitting MLA.
Rasheed has been named as “witness” in the NIA’s case RC-12/2011/NIA/DLI, lodged under Section 121 A of IPC and Sections 17, 18, 39 and 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.