The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is all set to intensify their probe in the terror-funding case. Top sources in the agency have told Republic TV that the probe is no longer restricted to the second-rung leadership of the separatists. The top separatist leadership is now under the scanner. NIA, in all likelihood, will be sending out summons in the coming weeks. Agency sources say they have collected some credible information over the last few months.
Over the last few months, NIA has already questioned over 10 people including financers, hawala operators. Republic TV has learnt that the NIA has already summoned Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s close aide Ghulam Mohammad Bhat.
In a related case, NIA has also summoned Syed Salahuddin’s son for questioning. While he was summoned in the past, sources say he hadn’t responded to the summons and had sought for more time.
Following the chargesheet in the terror funding case, it came across that the case had lost momentum.
“This is not true. The agency was busy with the bail applications filed in this case. We are now all set for the second round. This case is humungous in nature. It is essential that we consolidate and that’s what we have done in the past few months,” said a source in NIA.
The properties owned by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were under the scanner of the agency. Questions were raised as to how the separatist leadership managed to acquire properties in prime areas without known source of income. The investigation agency alleges that the accused in the terror funding case received funds from Pakistan to carry out secessionist and anti-national activities in the valley. It was largely suspected that the top separatist leadership had given their blessings to carry out such activities in the valley.