‘ISI approached Navlakha in US, sought help to find spies’

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NEW DELHI: Lawyer-activist

Gautam Navlakha

, one of the eight accused chargesheeted in the Koregaon Bhima-Elgar Parishad case, was allegedly approached by senior officers of Pakistan's spy agency ISI during one of his trips to the United States, seeking his help to recruit agents in India, NIA sources told on Friday. However, there were no details of Navlakha's response.
Though the official statement put out by the NIA on Friday mentioned that Navlakha's "links with Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) also came to the fore" during investigation, it did not give further details.
NIA sources said ISI officers had allegedly met Navlakha in the US and purportedly sought his assistance. "NIA has material evidence in this regard," an officer claimed.
The NIA did not reveal the timing of the US visit when this alleged approach was made by "senior ISI officers". There were also no details of Navlakha's response to the approach.
An officer said the "material evidence" regarding Navlakha's meeting has been submitted to the court. "The chargesheeted accused will have the opportunity to contest the same during the trial," the officer added.
It is normal practice for investigating agencies to confront the accused with evidence before submitting it in court. The NIA, in its statement on Friday, said Navlakha's role and involvement in an alleged CPI (Maoist) conspiracy had come up in secret communications with the outfit's cadres.
"He was assigned the task to unite intellectuals against the government. He was part of some fact-finding committees and was assigned the task to recruit cadres for guerilla activities of CPI (Maoist). His links with Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) also came to the fore," it said.

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