Navlakha was in touch with ISI; assigned to unite intellectuals against govt: NIA

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In Bhima-Koregaon violence case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has claimed that activist Gautam Navlakha was in touch with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and had also sought clemency for an ISI agent, who was convicted in the United States for terror funding, reported various media outlets.

In a chargesheet filed in connection with the Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case, the NIA stated that Gautam Navlakha had visited the US thrice between 2010 and 2011 and was in touch with Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, claimed to be a Kashmiri and an active member of the ISI by the NIA.

Mr. Navlakha had also written to a US district court judge seeking mercy for Mr. Fai, who was arrested by the FBI in 2011 for accepting funds of several millions from the ISI and the Pakistan government.

“Navlakha was communicating with Fai through phone and email. Navlakha was introduced to a Pakistani ISI General for his recruitment by Fai. Navlakha was introduced to the ISI after showing his nexus and complicity with Fai and Pakistani ISI agents,” said an NIA official.

The NIA also claimed that Mr. Navlakha was in touch with the ISI and was assigned the task to unite intellectuals against the government.

In its chargesheet, the NIA has alleged that Gautam Navlakha had delivered speeches at different forums and programmes on many issues related to the Kashmiri separatists’ movement and CPI (Maoist) movement. An NIA official said that during the scrutiny of the documents seized from Navlakha, it became evident that he was related to the CPI (Maoist) as several strategic documents were recovered from his possession.

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