The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is yet to receive the formal order from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to take over the probe of tainted Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) officer Davinder Singh.
A top NIA source told Republic TV, “We could get the formal order by the end of the day or within two days. But our team is currently working with other agencies who are quizzing the J&K officer.”
Questioning of Davinder Singh by multiple agencies, including NIA, took place on Wednesday. The J&K police had also written to MHA to suspend Davinder Singh with immediate effect.
The curious case of Davinder Singh has only raised the red flag within the security grid. On Saturday, J&K police intercepted an i-10 car in Kulgam area, where the cops had laid a nakabandi and then they found out that Deputy Superintendent of J&K Police Davinder Singh was inside the car with two top Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists and a lawyer (essentially an overground worker). Investigations reveal that lawyer Irfan Mir, who was also in the car, has been to Pakistan five times. His father was a Hizbul commander who was considered to be a close aide of Syed Salahuddin.
Davinder Singh maintains that he was accompanying the terrorists to surrender before the authorities. But investigating agencies — JKP, CRPF, Army, IB — say the officer is lying. Davinder Singh was under the surveillance for a while now. In fact, Shopian SP had intercepted Davinder’s call which led to this massive expose. According to NIA sources, the terrorists were staying at Davinder’s plush residence. Evidence points towards the fact that he was helping terrorist Naveed Babu to escape from Kashmir to Pakistan. Davinder was in fact paid over Rs 10 lakhs for ferrying the terrorists. He was also in touch with Hizbul terrorist Rafi who was responsible for arranging and ferrying people to Pakistan.
Hizbul terrorist Naveed Babu had given Davinder Rs 8 lakh last year in Jammu. Naveed was in Jammu for two months last year. Davinder has also named another senior officer in J&K police whom he claims he was working for. Investigators say “will need to corroborate this revelation. This could be an attempt to mislead the investigation.”
Davinder was part of J&K Police’s elite unit SOG since 1998. Considered to be close to former DIG Ashiq Bukhari, Singh has been suspended several times for multiple transgressions. Davinder was also accused of selling contraband items that were seized by him along with his team. Despite such transgressions, Davinder received promotions which insiders term as out of turn.