Was asked to show property, income tax, bank details:Bar Prez
Srinagar:Lawyers Saturday called off their strike and resumed their work after Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (HCBA) President, advocate Mian Qayoom reached Srinagar.
Court work was suspended after NIA (National Investigation Agency) issued summon to Qayoom on September 6 for appearing before it for two days.
Then again he was asked to report to NIA headquarters in Delhi on September 14 and his questioning came to end yesterday.
Soon after reaching Srinagar, Qayoom addressed lawyers at Lower Court Mominabad.
Qayoom thanked lawyers for their support and said, “I have no words to thank all who showed their concern. The NIA could have done anything. They could have framed any conspiracy against me. I was asked to show papers regarding my property, income tax returns, and bank account details.”
Talking about the Kashmir issue, he said, “I told them in clear words that Kashmir is a disputed territory and lawyers have to work for the resolution of the issue.”
Advocate Bashir Sidiq, Bar General Secretary and a close associate of Qayoom who accompanied him to Delhi said, “He was questioned for his qualification as well. His certificate of Law degree was checked. They (NIA) grilled him continuously for 6-7 hours. The atmosphere there was hostile and it was very hard to live there.”
In the summon notice, the NIA stated that Qayoom was required to appear before it as he’s “acquainted” with the circumstances of the case—RC 10/2017/ NIA/DLI under IPC sections of 120B (criminal conspiracy), 121 (waging war), 121A (conspiracy of waging war) and 13, 16, 17,18, 20, 38, and 40 of UA(P) Act, registered at NIA Police Station, New Delhi.
As per the case’s summary of allegation, it was registered after Government of India received “credible information” that “Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Amir of Jammat-ud-Dawah and the secessionist and separatist leaders including the members, and cadre of the Hurriyat Conference have been acting in connivance with active militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Dukhtaran-e- Millat, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and other organizations for raising, receiving and collecting funds domestically and abroad through various illegal channels, including hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.”
Nazir Ahmed Ronga, senior advocate said, “He (Qayoom) has more than 50 year of experience. I thought they may harm him for having an opinion for the solution of the Kashmir issue and we still want that. We have shown solidarity with Qayoom and this became our strength.”
Qayoom was accompanied to Delhi by a team of seven advocates Ajaz Bedar, Manzoor Ahmad Dar, Bashir Sidiq, Mudasir Yousuf, Mian Muzaffar and Nasir Qadri.

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