June 2002 News

Residence of Geelani's son-in-law in Delhi raided

9 June 2002
The Asian Age

New Delhi: In a joint operation the Delhi police, and income-tax authorities raided the residence of a journalist working for a Kashmir-based newspaper on Sunday. Journalist Iftikar Geelani is the son-in-law of the Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani who was arrested under Pota in Srinagar earlier on Sunday. Iftikar has been living in the city for the past few years. Besides reporting for a Kashmir-based daily, he has been contributing to Pakistani papers and other media organisations as well. The income-tax authorities raided his house in the Khirkee extension near Malviya Nagar at around 4 am on Sunday and were later joined by the personnel of the special cell of the Delhi police. The raids were continuing till the filing of this report. Eminent media personality Kuldip Nayar when contacted said that in cases like these it is to be seen whether the action being taken is against a person in particular or an outspoken journalist. The income tax authorities claim to have recovered a laptop computer and several blank visa forms of the Pakistan High Commission from Iftikar's residence. Though the income-tax authorities did not divulge-the contents of the "sensitive" information that it claimed was in the memory of the Computer, they said that the contents were "detrimental" to the security of the country. They also claim to have recovered certain incriminating documents. The income-tax authorities propose to take the help of the Central Bureau of Investigation to look into the contents found in the computer.


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