Indian agency will file chargesheet against Syed Ali Geelani’s son-in-law


New Delhi, Jan. 12 (TNS): In a bid to sabotage freedom movement in occupied Kashmir, India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday told a Delhi court that it would file a chargesheet against Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law and others within a week in a case of alleged ‘terror-funding’ in the Kashmir Valley to fuel an unrest.

It told the court that the investigation in the case against Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah, popularly known as Altaf Fantoosh, and others was at the concluding stage and that the evidence on record was being summed up.

“The final report in the case will be filed shortly,” the NIA is believed to have told the court during an in-chamber proceeding, Indian media reported on Friday.

The court allowed the agency’s plea to extend by a week the judicial custody of eight accused persons — Fantoosh, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar and Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali.

The agency had also alleged that the accused were involved in triggering an unrest in occupied Jammu and Kashmir through anti-India demonstrations and bandhs.

Shah was in the custody of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had put him under preventive detention immediately after Eid earlier this month. Geelani’s close aides, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar and Peer Saifullah, were arrested by the NIA from the Valley.

The houses of those arrested were raided by the NIA sleuths last month. The raids were a part of the agency’s efforts at clamping down on the separatist groups allegedly receiving funds for carrying out subversive activities in occupied Valley.