June 2002 News

Classified documents recovered from Geelani''s residence

10 June 2002
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: In a major development, Jammu and Kashmir Police today slapped Official Secrets Act against fire-brand Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for allegedly passing on ''classified documents'' to Pakistan even as the computer seized from his residence has revealed transaction worth crores of rupees during the militancy. Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range) K Rajendra Kumar told reporters that ''five-page documents'' recovered from his residence revealed deployment of Indian army and para-military forces in Jammu and Kashmir. He said it was suspected that Geelani had onpassed the documents to Pakistan as well. ''We are investigating the matter and we hope to expose the entire conspiracy to destablise the country,'' he said. Kumar did not rule out the possibility of involvement of some officials in the conspiracy and said ''anyone guilty would be punished.'' Police claimed to have recovered data from the computer seized from Ali Shah Geelaniís house which indicated transactions worth crores of rupees from the early 1990ís. They said the money must have been distributed among the various militant organisations. Police also said it had recovered special programmes in the computer seized from the residence of Geelani by which one could easily make forged identity cards of Indian Government. It could be mentioned here that the suicide attackers on Parliament on December 13 had used a forged ''sticker of Ministry of Home Affairs'' while gaining entry. About the documents, Kumar said they related to pre-1999 Kargil war and had been sent to Pakistan. Kumar said the police along with the income tax authorities were in the process of examining the bank accounts and lockers of Geelani. About the chief of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Aisia Indrabi, Kumar said the police had not been able to locate her but teams had been fanned to different parts to bring her before the law of land. Kumar said the information stored in the computer seized from Geelaniís residence revealed funding of terrorist organisations. Besides, he said six packets of Rs 5,000 each were also recovered from separate envelopes apparently meant for disbursement to families of slain terrorists. Police recovered cash to the tune of Rs 11.22 lakh, 10,000 US dollars, vouchers relating to purchase of a number of jewellery items, documents relating to purchase of two properties in a posh Srinagar locality, a diamond studded watch with the inscription ''from Pakistan Government'' during the raids yesterday. Geelani was arrested under POTA for allegedly receiving funds from ISI to sustain militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. He was later shifted to Ranchi Central jail. One of his sons-in-law Altaf Ahmed alias Fantoosh was also arrested under similar charges. His another son-in- law, Iftikhar Geelani, was arrested in New Delhi under Official Secrets Act for possessing similar classified documents. Police said some portion of the hard disk of the computer had been damaged and efforts were on to retrieve the data from there. Meanwhile, his Delhi-based son-in-law Iftikar Geelani, a journalist was taken to emergency department of Safdarjung Hospital after he complained of pain in his stomach. However, doctors, after administering medical care, declared him fit to be taken to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate for his remand proceedings. He has been remanded to judicial custory till June 15. Public Safety Act was also slapped againt Ali shah Geelani before being taken to the central jail at Ranchi in Jharkhand. The action followed the arrest of the editor of a local magazine Imtiaz Bazaz, who allegedly revealed during interrogation that he had been receiving funds from the London-based Kashmiri separatist leader Ayub Thakur to be onpassed to militant groups and also named Geelani and Aisia Indrabi as recipients of the funds.


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