Court allows NIA to quiz Kashmiri businessman for 10 days


New Delhi, Aug 18: A court here on Friday allowed the NIA to quiz Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali, arrested on charges of receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror activities and stone-pelting in Kashmir, till August 28.

During the in-camera proceedings, District Judge Poonam Bamba remanded Watali to the National Investigation Agency’s custody for 10 days. He was arrested on Thursday.

In July, the agency arrested seven separatist leaders for their alleged involvement in Pakistan-funded unrest in the valley.

Watali is known to be friends with Pakistani leaders as well as separatists, besides the mainstream politicians in Kashmir, the NIA said.

Sources said Watali, who has been under the NIA scanner for nearly two months, was called for repeated questioning at the agency’s Delhi headquarters before his arrest.


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