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.