Srinagar- A senior IPS officer formerly deputed with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) who was investigating the high profile "terror funding" case against the pro-freedom Hurriyat leadership and several Kashmir-based nonprofits is now suspected of espionage and has been arrested by the same agency.
The senior officer has been identified as Arvind Negi, whose residence in Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh was raided simultaneously as the NIA carried out searches at the residence and offices of noted activist Khurram Parvez on November 22.
“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," an unidentified security official told News18, adding that the allegation is that Negi passed on the investigation's case diary to Pakistan's ISI.
Negi, a decorated police officer, was investigating a 2020 case in which the NIA accused Kashmir-based nonprofits of being "fronts" to funnel money to militant groups. Khurram's residence was also raided as part of the investigations.
The NIA, however, has said Khurram was arrested in a fresh case pertaining to alleged contacts with suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives.
The senior officer, reported News18, had been presented before a court. “The suspicion is that he traded crucial case documents in lieu of money. Investigating agencies are probing his assets, etc," an officer said.
Digital devices from Negi's residence were seized for forensic examination.
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