NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday questioned Independent Jammu and Kashmir MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid (also known as Engineer Rashid) in connection with a terror funding case.
Rashid’s questioning assumes significance as he is the first mainstream politician from the State to be grilled in connection with the terror funding case in which the agency has so far examined Hurriyat leaders, controversial businessmen and even a photojournalist.
Rashid was questioned for nearly six hours and has been asked to appear again on Wednesday, agency officials said.
Emerging from the NIA headquarters after questioning, Rashid refused to answer queries from journalists saying, "I do not wish to comment on an ongoing investigation. Thank you for waiting but it will be inappropriate on my part to talk about the probe."
Rashid's name had cropped up during the interrogation of controversial businessman Zahoor Watali who was earlier arrested by the NIA in connection with the case.
The NIA case registered on May 30 relates to receiving terror funds by separatist and secessionist leaders, including unknown
Hurriyat Conference leaders from Pakistan-based terror groups like LeT and the agencies there.