NIA cop Devidass Vaishnav uses terror information in Ahmedabad extortion bid

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency constable accused of an extortion bid on an Ahmedabad businessman had threatened the person by linking him with a fund raised by Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, police officials said.
Meanwhile, the top terror investigation body has started an internal inquiry to check whether any of its senior officers were involved in the extortion bid.
The constable, Devidass Vaishnav, accused realtor Mukund Pranav Bhai Patel of transferring Rs 30 lakh to accounts linked to Hizbul Mujahideen, police sources said.
To underscore his claim, he used information he gained on funds allegedly raised by Salahuddin through the Jammu Kashmir Affectees Relief Trust (JKART), they said.

The NIA has been probing the JKART funding case since 2011. The agency had filed two chargesheets in the fundraising case against 10 people, despite an adverse legal opinion on the quality of evidence cited, sources said.
Vaishnav first demanded Rs 1 crore from Patel offering him help in the terror funding probe, officials said. The deal was later fixed at Rs 60 lakh. The Ahmedabad crime branch last week arrested Vaishnav along with three associates.
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Source: Islamic News Daily

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