SRINAGAR: The son of senior resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani, Dr Naeem Geelani on Monday has appeared before the NIA in New Delhi where he was questioned for more than eight hours, a family source said. He again has been asked to appear on Tuesday.
Dr Naeem is the elder son of Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Geelani, and had presented himself today after he was served a second summons by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) asking him to attend the agency’s Delhi headquarters for questioning in a funding case.
The family source said in 2017 Geelani’s both sons Dr Nayeem and Dr Naseem had appeared before NIA. While Naeem appeared for 10 days, Dr Naseem was asked to appear for 12 days. A year later, in 2019, Dr Naseem was grilled again for two days at NIA headquarters and for one day at ED’s. Soon after that, his brother was grilled at NIA.
NIA 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.
NIA has speeded up its investigation since 2017, and pro-India political parties have been accusing each other of giving an open hand to NIA, especially after it summoned the Mirwaiz to Delhi. The JK Government has been keeping the Mirwaiz under house arrest instead of incarcerating him in jail. His summoning to Delhi was protested across party lines in Kashmir Valley.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has accused the NIA of using summons as a pressure tactic to cow down the leadership.