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NIA to File Chargesheet Against Kashmir Separatists, Consults Experts to Trace Terror Funding

The National Investigation Agency is all set to file a chargesheet against the seven arrested separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani's son-in-law, in the Kashmir terror funding case.

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Updated:January 10, 2018, 1:56 PM IST
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NIA to File Chargesheet Against Kashmir Separatists, Consults Experts to Trace Terror Funding
File photo: Security personnel during clashes after a protest called by the Hurriyat at Nowhatta in Srinagar. (PTI photo)

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is all set to file a chargesheet against the seven arrested separatist leaders in the Kashmir terror funding case. The investigators have consulted senior chartered accountants and auditors to examine evidence against the leaders.

The NIA may spare top separatist leaders of Kashmir, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik direct indictment for the time being as investigation against these leaders are still on.

NIA officers said that they have consulted experts to examine the documents that were recovered from the premises of the accused during the raids.

“We have consulted chartered accountants, auditors and finance ministry experts to look into the evidence collected from their premises," an officer said.

The NIA is ready with its chargesheet in the terror funding case and is likely to file it by the next week. Sources told News18 that the Union home ministry has given NIA the sanctions to prosecute these separatist leaders.

Sources in the investigating agency have confirmed that the first chargesheet in this case will not indict senior Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Farooq.

“Investigations against these leaders are still in process while the first chargesheet will only have evidence against those who have been arrested,” an NIA officer told News18.

NIA arrested seven separatist leaders, including Geelani's son-in-law in July, accusing them of taking money from Pakistan-based terror groups to fund violence, arson and destruction of government properties in Kashmir.

The accused — Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Khan and Farooq Ahmed Dar are still languishing in custody.

Sources said, after scrutinising several documents, it has been established that these second rung leaders of the Hurriyat had accepted hawala money. Businessmen in Delhi, Kashmir and Haryana have been conduits in these hawala transactions.

The agency, in its FIR, also named 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, Jamaat-ud-Dawaa, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Dukhtaran-e-Milat for supplying money to the arrested separatist leaders and funding stone pelting and violent agitations in the valley during 2016 and 2017.

The NIA chargesheet is likely to include several documents like hawala slips, LoC barter trade-related invoices and Western Union transfer documents as evidence against the separatists.

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| Edited by: Sanchari Chatterjee
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