JAMMU, Aug 28 : Acting tough, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) were understood to have decided to initiate formalities to attach assets of separatist leaders and some businessmen in Jammu and Kashmir, which had been amassed through hawala money and other illegal means during about three decades of Pakistan-sponsored militancy in the Valley.
In a related development, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also sought preliminary report from the NIA on the investigations into terror funding and hawala operations in Kashmir involving separatist leaders and some influential businessmen, 10 of whom have been arrested so far by the NIA and ED.
Official sources told the Excelsior that after preparing detailed dossier of assets owned by the separatist leaders on their own names, family members, relatives, servants etc and benami property, running into several crores, the NIA and ED were now all set to initiate legal formalities to attach some of them for which the investigators have gathered enough evidence to show that they had been purchased from hawala and other sources of illegal funds, sent from across for terror funding and creating unrest in Kashmir.
“The process of attachment of some assets of separatists and businessmen has been initiated,” sources said, adding it has been established during investigations that number of assets owned by family members, relatives and, in some cases, even servants, actually belonged to the separatist leaders and had been purchased during the period of turmoil in the Valley using terror and hawala funds.
The NIA has prepared list of about 80 properties on the name of separatist leaders including those arrested and examined details of all of them. It has also drafted details of bank accounts of the separatists and businessmen from the leading banks officially.
Meanwhile, NIA has again called two sons of Syed Ali Shah Geelani-Naseem Geelani and Nayeem Geelani-for questions at its New Delhi headquarters tomorrow. This is the third time that the two sons of Geelani have been called for questioning, sources said describing repeated calls to Naseem and Nayeem as “significant”.
Both of them have already been questioned twice in connection with some assets on the names of Geelani family. Sources said the investigators want to be completely sure before going in for further action in the matter.