NIA officer facing investigations in extortion case

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Nov 27: A senior National Investigation Agency (NIA) officer is facing investigation over allegations of extortion and espionage and was summoned twice by the Agency after which his house in Himachal Pradesh was also raided early this week.
An official said that SP Arvind Digvijay Negi, who was part of the NIA team probing an NGO- militancy funding case, allegedly leaked sensitive information to Khurram Parvez, a human rights activist who has been booked by the agency in a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
The official said that he passed on some crucial information related to the investigation of the case to the main accused.
“This sensitive information was being passed on by the officer and his aides in exchange for huge amounts of money,” official said.
A case of conspiracy has been registered in this regard but Negi has not been named as an accused.
Negi, a Himachal Pradesh Police Service Officer, was promoted to the IPS in 2011. He has been with the NIA for 11 years, and was serving in its Terror Funding and Fake Currency (TFFC) Unit.
The case Negi was probing pertains to NGOs, human rights and civil society groups based in Kashmir, which the NIA suspects were raising funds in India and abroad in the name of charitable activities, and then using those funds for carrying out “secessionist and separatist activities”.
Negi has also probed some high-profile case including that of DSP Davinder Singh who along with People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Waheed Para was arrested. He is also accused of facilitating bail to Para.
The NIA also raided the house of Negi in Kinnaur area of Hamachal Pradesh early this week. Negi was also summoned by the NIA twice before his house was searched.
The NIA has also arrested Muneer Choudhary, a businessman who was doing cross LoC trade. He has been in touch with Negi and during his questioning Negi’s name surfaced.