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Delhi Police records Geelanialt39s statement



New Delhi Probing Lashker- e- Taibas plans to strike in the national capital, Delhi Police on Thursday recorded the statement of hardline separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani for giving a recommendation lett

er to LeT militant Athesham Malik for obtaining a Pakistani visa last December.

The 82- year- old Geelani, who was at the Special Cell at Lodhi Road for less than 30 minutes, denied having any knowledge about the links of Malik with any terror outfit and also told the Delhi Police that he used to sign at least 10 to 15 such letters everyday.

” Geelani saab told the police that the recommendation letters for getting Pakistani visas were issued only after a person had a valid passport. The passports are issued after proper scrutiny by police and other various security agencies,” his sonin- law Altaf Shah alias alt39 Fantooshalt39 told PTI after the questioning was over.

Besides Shah, Geelani, whose recommendation letters xerox copy was recovered from the belongings of Malik, was accompanied by his close aide and advocate Mohammed Shafi Reshi, official sources said. The Jamaat leader denied having any knowledge about Malik, who has been arrested by the Delhi Police on Feb 29 on charges of planning to detonate a bomb in cloth market in walled city of the capital.