Counter terror officials said the son of a retired army officer who was arrested by the Goa police on February 1 on suspicions that he had radical jihadi leanings does not have any terror links, sources told HT.
“Sameer Sardana has around 85 email IDs, 17 SIM cards and five passports but no terror links,” an official with the central agency said, requesting anonymity since he was not authorised to speak on the matter.
His passport booklets have been found to be genuine, issued one after another as additional booklets.
“He is widely travelled man, a chartered accountant by profession. He has a habit of not throwing anything, therefore he ended up having five passport booklets and 17 SIM cards that he purchased while travelling to different locations in India and outside. As far as the 85 email IDs are concerned, Sameer has told interrogators that he created them for different work purposes,” the official added.
The official added that Sameer has explained everything that he was pressed on. If he starts speaking on a topic, the officer said, “he continues for very long”.
Officials suspect he is mentally unwell and exhibits signs of compulsive behaviour.
“He also looks bit self-radicalised who has downloaded a lot material and describes himself as ‘Hindu-Islamist’. But we have not found any terror or even criminal linkages of Sameer Sardana,” the official said.
Sardana, 42, is originally from Dehradun, and his father KN Sardana retired as a major general from the army.
After his arrest, Sameer was jointly interrogated by the central and state counter terror officials and sleuths from the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
His family in Dehradun is in shock after his arrest and denied about Sameer having any terror links.