Leading Delhi Cardiologist Upendra Kaul was on Friday summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) over an inexplicable figure in separatist and JKLF chairman Yasin Malik’s documents. Kaul, who has been treating Malik for various cardiac ailments for two decades, told NIA officials the number in the separatist leader’s papers referred to a blood test and not crores of rupees.
The cardiologist said he was out of the NIA headquarters within 30 minutes.
“One of the messages said Blood Report Value INR 2.78 - INR being Internationalised Normalised Ratio. Sources say NIA may have interpreted INR as Indian rupees, and so, assumed Rs. 2.78 crores in hawala money,” NDTV reported.
“I explained to them that the figure mentioned was related to his (Malik’s) blood reports and not money. The officers were convinced and that’s all,” Kaul said after the questioning.
He said he told the NIA that Malik had been his patient and had consulted him for heart trouble and the entry in the documents pertained to that.
The NIA is probing a case related to terror funding of various groups and is examining messages exchanged by Malik with various people over a period of time.
“We are checking everyone. We have perused volumes of documents, going into every minute detail to be sure of the facts which have to finally undergo legal scrutiny in a court of law,” a senior NIA official said.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said meticulous investigation has resulted in ensuring that all those arrested by the NIA in terror funding cases have not been able to get bail.
Tensions are high in Kashmir after New Delhi on August 5 announced abrogation of provisions of Article 370 and decided to bifurcate the state into Union territories - Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh - hours after Kashmir was placed under a total clampdown.