New Delhi, October 29: Moments after the Delhi Police crime branch arrested Farhat, Personal Assistant to Samajwadi Party MP Munawwar Saleem in Pakistani espionage racket, the lawmaker said that he would commit suicide with his family if he is found having links with the neighboring country or ISI. After the arrest of Farhat, several agencies has already started to probe Munawwar Saleem, though there are no official questioning done by them. Munawwar Saleem also challenged the investigating agencies on Saturday to find a single iota of evidence indicating his involvement in the espionage ring run by a Pakistani high commission official.
During the wee hours of Friday, Saleem’s PA – Farhat, was detained by the Delhi Crime Branch and later he was arrested after the investigating agencies found credible information of his link with Pakistan high commission official Mehmood Akhtar who was recently caught spying for Pakistan. Mehmood Akhtar was sent back to Pakistan whereas two Indian nationals – Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir – were arrested after they were found exchanging sensitive defence documents at the Delhi Zoo. After the group was busted it was found that they were running a spy ring for Pakistan’s spy agency the Inter Service Intelligence (ISI). According to Times of India, Farhat told that he was paid Rs 2 lakh in installments by Akhtar for sharing classified documents. Today Farhat was presented before a magistrate who granted him police custody for 10 days.
In last few years, Munawwar Saleem has emerged as a strong Samajwadi leader in Madhya Pradesh politics after he was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. The lawmaker stays in a joint family at Vidisha main market area.
On the other side, Saleem said that Farhat was appointed as his PA after due verifications by three different agencies including the Delhi police. Saleem also claimed that a year ago he had personally sent a communication to Parliament and government for his verification. Saleem also alleged that “if his PA is involved in some anti-national activities then those cops who gave him a clean chit must also be held accountable”. Saleem further added, “Farhat had worked with other MPs in the past and a year ago he resumed my office”. Also Read – Pakistan ISI espionage racket: Farhat, aide of Samajwadi Party MP Munawwar Saleem arrested for spying
In 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections Saleem has been projected as a prominent Muslim face of Samajwadi Party. SP leader Azam Khan played a key role in Saleem’s appointment to the Upper House. in 2014 Lok Sabha elections Saleem lost his seat against BJP leader Sushma Swaraj.