Separatists cannot claim immunity: Govt

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New Delhi, Apr 8: The appearance of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) here on Monday has paved the way for thorough investigation into the charges of funding and conspiracy against the Hurriyat leader, a senior Government official said here on Monday.
This is a significant development as Mirwaiz had tried to evade the questioning by NIA by resorting to various stratagems not responding initially to NIA summons at all, and later saying he was ready to be examined by NIA in Srinagar?, the official said.
However, eventually he had to follow the summons and travel to New Delhi to answer questions from NIA.
According to Home Ministry sources, this is in line with the Government’s firm stance that the separatist leaders cannot claim immunity and that they will be held accountable to the laws of the land.
The NIA had conducted raids in February 2019 on allegations of funding and money laundering at the premises of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other Hurriyat leaders like Yasin Malik and son of SAS Geelani, Naseem Geelani.
They are part of Joint Resistance Leadership who frequently organise protests, stone pelting and shutdowns in the Valley, disrupting normal life, impacting students and daily wage earners, businesses & tourism, a senior official said.
The investigation against Naseem Geelani and others is proceeding as per law. Recently, legal hurdles have been cleared for resumption of trial in Jammu against Yasin Malik in the case of 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 Ministry of Home Affairs have finally resulted in Yasin Malik’s arrest and transfer to Jammu jail. His plea for transfer of trial from Jammu to Srinagar has also been quashed, another official in the Home Ministry said here.