ED sleuths also visit home of jailed TeH leader Mehraj-ud-Din Kalwal for an ‘inquiry’
Srinagar: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned octogenarian Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani to its office at Rajbagh on September 5 or 6.
A letter addressed to Geelani informed him that adjudication proceedings “should be held against him”.
“This is to inform you that after considering the cause shown by you to the show cause notice, the Assistant Director is of the opinion that adjudication proceedings as contemplated in sub section 1 of section 13 of the Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999 should be held against you,” the letter says.
The letter has directed Geelani either to present himself personally or through an authorised representative.
“You are required to present yourself personally or through authorized representative before the Assistant Director for personal hearing on 05-09-2018 or 06-09-2018 at 2:30 pm at Enforcement Directorate, Government of India Srinagar zonal office Durani house near Rajbagh police station Srinagar,” reads the letter.
The letter says that if Geelani does not appear as required by sub rule 3 before the adjudication authority, proceedings will be initiated.
The letter draws attention to a rule that says, “If a person fails, neglects or refuses to appear as required by the sub-rule (3) before the adjudication authority, the adjudication authority may proceed with the adjudication proceedings in the absence of such person after recording the reason for doing so.”
Earlier this week, the Enforcement Directorate had similarly summoned JKLF chairperson Muhammad Yasin Malik to the Rajbagh office at 10:30am either on September 5 or 6.
The Hurriyat Conference (G) headed by Geelani termed the ED notice as “biased and unrealistic”.
In a statement, a spokesperson of Hurriyat (G) said that Indian authorities had crossed all democratic, constitutional and moral limits to satisfy their hatred against Kashmiris in general and the resistance leadership in particular.
“Hurriyat has made it clear long ago that during 2002 Income Tax raid at the residences of Syed Ali Geelani and his close relatives, no currency or any objectionable material was recovered and it was conveyed to the concerned authorities through his council,” the spokesperson said in his statement.
The statement said that in its attempts to harass the Hurriyat chairman and other pro-freedom leaders, Indian “autocracy will fail today as they have in the past.”
The spokesperson said that Geelani is not alien to jails, interrogations, tortures and solitary confinements and has proved his mettle by his “steadfastness and determination”.
The spokesperson also condemned the harassment of incarcerated Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Raja Mehraj-ud-Din Kalwal’s family by the ED. He said that while the leader was languishing in Tihar Jail for the past more than a year, sleuths of Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday landed at his home on the pretext of an inquiry.
“The visit of the ED sleuths and unnecessary questioning has infused a sense of fear among the family which comprises his aged mother, wife and daughters,” the spokesperson said.