SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has been granted custody of Kashmir journalist Irfan Mehraj for 10 days by a court on Wednesday. Irfan Mehraj was arrested by the agency in Srinagar in relation to an ongoing investigation into a case involving funding of an NGO and militants.
On the plea of the federal agency for 12 days of custody, Principal District and Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma has permitted 10 days of custodial interrogation for Mehraj. The accused was brought to the national capital on a transit remand after being arrested on Monday. The agency claimed that their investigations have exposed that the JKCCS was using the pretext of protecting human rights to fund militant activities and advocate for secessionist motives in the Valley.
According to the NIA, Irfan Mehraj, who resides in Srinagar, has become the initial suspect to be apprehended in connection with the NGO-militant funding case, which was filed in October 2020. The NIA is examining the alleged involvement of certain NGOs, Trusts, and societies based in Kashmir in the provision of funds for activities linked to militancy.