Former Finance Minister Altaf Bukhari’s brother Tariq Bukhari was interrogated by the National Investigation Agency on Thursday in the ‘terror funding case’, reported the Times of India.
According to the report, Bukhari has been on the agencies’ radar.
“A carpet businessman Nasir Shafi Mir of Srinagar had been apprehended by Delhi police in February 2006 in Bukhari’s vehicle on Delhi’s Pandara Road with rupees 55 lakh and explosives. He was jailed for a year and after being released on a bail, he fled to Dubai. Last year, NIA raided the houses of Mr. Mir alias Babullo at Lal Bazar and Nishat in Srinagar. He is still a wanted in the said case and has been declared as fugitive,” the report said quoting sources.
Recently, NIA, after summoning Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Geelani’s two sons, summoned his grandson Anees-ul-Islam Shah.
Anees’s father Altaf Shah was arrested in the year 2017 by NIA along with other Hurriyat leaders.
Meanwhile, JKLF Chief Yasin Malik, who was arrested by the NIA recently, has been sent to judicial custody by a Delhi Court till May 24.
Recently, KEA Chairman Mohammad Yaseen Khan was summoned by the NIA in the ‘alleged funding case.’
This was for the second time Khan had been summoned by the NIA.
Recently, Dr Naeem Geelani, elder son of Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, received a second summon from the NIA asking him to be present at the Delhi headquarters for questioning in a funding case.
He has been asked to appear before NIA on April 22, 2019, at 10.30.
Recently, Mirwaiz Umar Fraooq arrived back in Srinagar after spending three days at the headquarters of National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi.
Mirwaiz flew to New Delhi after being summoned by NIA in an alleged funding case. Earlier JKLF Chief Yasin Malik was sent to NIA custody till April 22.
The NIA has also summoned Naseem Geelani, son of Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
After reaching Delhi, Mirwaiz had appealed to all the people back home to stay calm and assured that the Hurriyat leadership will continue to seek political resolution of the Kashmir issue.
Last week, the NIA issued a third summon to Mirwaiz to appear for questioning in the case. Mirwaiz had earlier refused to travel to Delhi citing security concerns.
The chief cleric of Kashmir also added that Kashmiri will continue to seek peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute.
Earlier, Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani said that if NIA wants to question anyone, they can do it in the valley itself.
Many people from Kashmir including resistance leaders have already been arrested by the NIA in connection with the case and have been lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi.
In May, 2018, after the court hearings of Kashmiris booked under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 and money laundering offences by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act, a Delhi High Court administrative order had transferred the case from the court of Additional Sessions Judge Justice Tarun Sehrawat to District and Sessions Judge (DSJ) Poonam A Bamba.
The families of the incarcerated Hurriyat leaders feel that with the transfer, the case status is back a square one.
In September, Independent Jammu and Kashmir MLA, Sheikh Abdul Rasheed, popularly known as Engineer Rasheed, was summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), for questioning in a case related to the “funding of terror activities” in the Valley, officials said on Thursday.
In October, United Jihad Council Chief Syed Salahuddin’s son Shahid Yousuf was sent to a seven day NIA custody by a court in New Delhi.
Yousuf was arrested by the NIA and being accused of receiving money from his father in 2011.
NIA also raided the house of a prominent businessman in Lal Bazaar area of Srinagar.
The alleged terror funding case involves Altaf Ahmad Shah, alias Altaf Fantosh, son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali and photojournalist Kamran Yusuf along with nine other accused.
Kamran Yousuf has been given bail, along with one other accused, Javed Bhat, due to lack of evidences.