Days after the arrest of Arun Selvarajan by the Indian National Investigating Agency (NIA) and reports about his alleged connections with politicians, the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought permission from a court to quiz the Sri Lankan national about his possible links with the LTTE, India Today reported.
The specialised wing of the CBI, the Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency, has filed a petition in the special court in Poonamallee.
Selvarajan had been arrested in Chennai by the NIA on charges of espionage at the instigation of Pakistan.
On Tuesday, when Selvarajan, who had been produced in the special court at Poonamallee amid tight police security, was asked if he was willing to be taken into custody by the NIA for interrogation, he nodded.
The NIA is investigating the transfer of money from a Sri Lanka-based Pakistani handler to Arun Selvarajan who was arrested last week.
According to the NIA, a search at Selvarajan’s residence after his arrest resulted in the seizure of hard discs, pen drives, micro-tape cassettes, a laptop, five mobile phones and an iPad.
The electronic equipment has been sent for forensic analysis. The NIA said Selvarajan had multiple debit cards – Sri Lankan and Indian – and has several bank accounts.
The agency is now investigating the transfer of money from his controllers in Sri Lanka through money transfer service.
In addition, approximately one kg of ganja has also been recovered.
According to the NIA, Selvarajan was indulging in espionage activities and was in possession of two passports, Sri Lankan and Indian.
Selvarajan had gained access to certain vital installations under the guise of running an event management company, the NIA had said.
The agency said Sri Lanka has issued a lookout notice for him as criminal cases are pending against him in the island nation.
Reveal politician in touch with arrested spy: Karunanidhi
DMK president M. Karunanidhi has also demanded that authorities reveal the Indian politician’s name with whom the arrested Sri Lankan national had connections.
Karunanidhi has said there are reports he was in contact with a politician. Who is this politician should be made public?
He said this is not the first time an anti-national was arrested in Tamil Nadu. He said Pakistani spy Thameem Ansari was arrested last September in Trichy while Sri Lankan Zakir Hussain and his associates Salim, Sivabalan and Rafique were arrested in April this year.
Karunanidhi has also said the case of the twin bomb blasts in the Bangalore-Guwahati tri-weekly express train that killed a woman passenger and injured many others at the Chennai Central station May 1 is yet to be solved.