LeT recruitment case: NIA chargesheets its former officer, others

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A former NIA officer, Arvind Digvijay Negi , handed on confidential paperwork to an over-ground employee of LeT for financial concerns and sought to compromise unlawful gratification to investigations, the central probe company has submitted this in its cost sheet within the LeT recruitment case.

It has additionally alleged that Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez, amongst others, “collected information regarding vital installations, deployment and movement of security forces, procured official secret documents and passed on the same to their LeT handlers through encrypted communication channel for monetary consideration” .

The company on Friday filed a cost sheet towards Negi, Parvez and 4 others in a particular court docket in Delhi. Pervez was booked underneath numerous sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), whereas Negi has not been charged underneath this anti-terror regulation. The former officer has been booked underneath Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), Official Secrets Act and the Indian Penal Code.

Others arraigned as accused have been recognized as Muneer Ahmad Kataria and Arshid Ahmad Tonch from Kashmir, Zafar Abbas from Bihar, and Rambhawan Prasad and Chandan Mahato from West Bengal. Prasad and Mahato, too, have been charged solely underneath the IPC.

The NIA had arrested Negi in February this yr, shortly after Pervez’s arrest. NIA sources had then stated that Negi had shared a confidential paper with a LeT overground employee, which had later made its technique to Pakistan. Notably, it was Negi who had first raided Parvez’s residence in October 2020 when he was investigating a case towards NGOs in Jammu and Kashmir.

Negi has been an NIA veteran having been with the company since its inception. He has been among the many key officers who probed Hindutva terror instances. He had gone again to his cadre in Himachal Pradesh late final yr, following which the NIA searched his residence and arrested him.

According to NIA, the case pertains to conspiracy hatched by the LeT to fund and recruit operatives and OGWs for offering assist in planning and execution of terrorist actions in numerous elements of India, together with J&Ok.

“Investigation revealed that Parvez, Kataria, Tonch and Abbas to run a network of OGWs for furthering the activities of LeT and to commit terrorist acts in India. These accused persons collected information regarding vital installations, deployment and movement of security forces, procured official secret documents and passed on the same to their handlers through encrypted communication channel for monetary consideration,” the NIA chargesheet has claimed.

On Negi, NIA has stated, “Investigation also revealed that Negi being a public servant abused his official position and unauthorisedly passed on secret documents to co-accused for monetary consideration and also demanded illegal gratification through co-accused for compromising investigation.”

According to the company, Prasad and Mahato had cast identification paperwork and used the identical for procuring SIM playing cards and opening financial institution accounts and handed them on to the co-accused for financial advantages.

Sources stated NIA has cited each witness statements and digital proof to assist its case towards the accused. During evaluation of extracted social media information and emails of Pervez, NIA has claimed to have discovered numerous incriminates chats associated to LeT.

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With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS

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