NIA Officer Who Probed Kashmir Cases Being Investigated For Espionage

SRINAGAR: A senior police officer Arvind Negi, who investigated several cases in Kashmir while on deputation to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), is being investigated by the agency for his suspected involvement in allegedly leaking sensitive information to a human rights activist Khurram Parvez.

“The probe began after an intelligence input that the details of investigation into crucial cases were being shared with (Pakistan’s) ISI by the officer concerned,” News18 quoted an official as having said. The allegation is that Negi passed on the case diary in crucial investigations to ISI.

According to the report, other than human rights activist Khurram Parvez, a Baramulla resident Muneer Chowdhary has also been arrested in this case. Muneer is associated with cross-LOC trade. As an NIA officer, Negi probed Kashmir cases like funding and also NGO links when Parvez was raided last year.

“All I can say is that facts are being verified in this case,” News18 quoted an NIA spokesperson as having said.

Quoting sources News18 reported the officer had already appeared before the NIA twice to present his side with regard to the allegations. “The suspicion is that he traded crucial case documents in lieu of money. Investigating agencies are probing his assets, etc,” an officer said, according to the report.

The former NIA officer’s premises in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, were one of the three locations raided by NIA on November 22. The other two were Sonwar and Amirakadal in Srinagar — the residence and office of Parvez.

On November 23, when asked about Negi’s role in the case, the NIA had said, “Verification of certain facts revealed from the arrested accused are being done.”

“During searches, electronic devices were seized and sent for forensic analysis,” News18 quoted NIA officials as having said.

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