SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned Dr Naseem Geelani, a scientist at SKUAST University, for the fourth time in the last one-and-a-half year to its New Delhi headquarters on Tuesday. Naseem, however, won’t go this time due to his inflexible engagements at the university, a move supported by the varsity’s Scientists and Teachers Association (SSTA).
“I have written to the NIA headquarters through mail that I cannot attend it this time in Delhi,” Dr Geelani told Kashmir Reader.
Th SSTA in a statement said that a lot of time is wasted by frequent travelling to New Delhi, which hampers Naseem’s teaching, research and other academic activities. It said that the NIA should adopt a professional approach in its process of investigation.
“We appeal that his (Dr Naseem’s) quizzing be held at Srinagar or through telecommunication. He should not be summoned to Delhi,” said the SSTA.
Naseem Geelani told Kashmir Reader that he has attended three rounds of NIA questioning in 2017 during which he had to stay in Delhi for many days. He said he is not averse to any questioning but his frequent summoning to Delhi not only affects his work but also costs him a lot.
“All through my visits I have paid travel and accommodation expenses from my own pocket. It is never reimbursed. Now another travel would cost me more. It also hampers my career and academic work,” he said.
The NIA has summoned Dr Geelani in connection with a case it is investigating regarding funding of the resistance movement in Kashmir. It has so far arrested many senior resistance leaders including Shabir Shah, Mehraj-u-Din-Kalwal, and Mohammad Altaf. The NIA had also summoned Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to Delhi, for the first time, for questioning on Monday. The Mirwaiz, however, sent a written statement instead.