Republic has learned that the Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is being grilled by the NIA pertaining to the 2007 Hawala case.
Mirwaiz who arrived in New Delhi on Monday to appear before the NIA in connection with the Jammu and Kashmir terror funding case, one in 2007 and another one in 2017
However, despite repeated summons by the investigating agency, Mirwaiz had expressed his inability to join the investigation in Delhi fearing for his security in view of "conditions of hostility" several times.
"Under the prevailing conditions of hostility wherein there is a threat to the personal safety of my client, it becomes unwise for my client to travel to Delhi," counsel for Mirwaiz, Aijaz Ahmad Dhar, had said in a letter to the investigative agency.
The letter further added: "If the NIA wants to question the Mirwaiz, it can do so in Srinagar and he is willing to cooperate as "he has nothing to hide"
"Appearance of Mirwaiz before the NIA proves the government's determination to establish that Kashmiri separatist leaders will have to be held accountable to the law of the land. It has paved the way for a thorough investigation into charges of terror funding and conspiracy against the Hurriyat leader," a home ministry official said.
A three-member NIA team headed by Investigating Officer Arvind Negi will be questioning Mirwaiz Umar Farooq over the seizures made by the investigative agency in the raids carried out earlier in February, and the people he communicated with.
Earlier in May 2017, while carrying out the raids, NIA had found a letter which stated that Rs 5,000 were paid to a LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) operative. Mirwaiz's close aide Shahid-Ul-Islam had allegedly given the money to the LeT operative on Mirwaiz's orders, as per sources.
Recently, legal hurdles had been cleared for resumption of trial in Jammu against Yasin Malik in the case of terrorist attack by JKLF militants in 1990 on IAF personnel which led to the death of four persons.
"Yasin Malik had exploited the provisions in law to inordinately delay the trial. But relentless efforts by the home ministry have finally resulted in Malik's arrest and transfer to Jammu jail. His plea for transfer of trial from Jammu to Srinagar has also been quashed," another official said
Earlier in February, the NIA carried out searches at premises of multiple separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz, in connection with the case related to alleged militancy funding in Jammu and Kashmir. In the raids, highly advanced internet telephony system and independent technical servers were seized along with a 40 feet high antenna. The seized equipment was later sent for examination to the Computer Emergency Response Team.
(With PTI inputs)