Criticizing, what it said, the adoption of "arbitrary" procedure by National Investigation Agency (NIA) in quizzing Dr Syed Naseem Geelani, the SKUAST-K Scientists and Teachers Association (SSTA) today appealed to authorities to follow due process of law while dealing with the case.
"We do not question and have any problem with the investigation process but what we are asking is that due process of law should be followed," the SSTA president, in a statement today, said.
"Dr Syed Naseem Geelani was summoned by serving a warrant by NIA at 7:00 pm on Ist August, 2017 and asked to appear before NIA for questioning at 10 am the next day that is on 2nd August, 2017 at Delhi. Such a summoning sounds arbitrary as due process of law has not been followed. How a scientist working in a reputed university can leave the station without any information to his office that too on such a short notice," the association president said, adding that "It would have been better if he would have been summoned through a communication with a copy to Chancellor, vice-chancellor and concerned Dean of the university."
"We condemn this biased and arbitrary approach of such a top and reputed investigation agency of a democratic country like India and appeal to the Union home minister and the Chief Minister of J&K to intervene and instruct the NIA not to treat Dr Syed Naseem Geelani as a criminal. We have firm belief that he (Dr Naseem Geelani) will cooperate with the agency but such arbitrary approach by the agencies needs to be revised," the statement reads.
"SSTA also condemns the biased reporting and statements of some national news channels and newspapers that have launched a smear campaign against such a reputed scientist of SKUAST-Kashmir, who has been working flawlessly in the university for more than 15 years with due sincerity and dedication," it said.
The statement further stated that "Dr Syed Naseem Geelani is a reputed scientist and has no political affiliation with Hurriyat and its working in Kashmir, being son of Hurriyat leader does not make him an antinational or criminal."