Separatist leader Shabir Shah sent to 7-day ED custody


India, All India

Shabir Shah was arrested from his residence on Tuesday and was produced in the Patiala House Court on Wednesday.

Shabir Shah was under house detention for a very long time, in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah was sent to seven days' Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody on Wednesday by a Delhi court in a decade-old case of money laundering for alleged terror financing.

Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma allowed the custodial interrogation of Shah, who was arrested on Tuesday, by the ED after the agency told the court that he was not cooperating with the investigators.

The ED had issued multiple summons to Shah, but he never deposed before the central probe agency.

A Delhi court, earlier in July, issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against the separatist leader.

The agency had been issuing to Shah summons earlier too in pursuance of the August 2005 case in which the Delhi Police's Special Cell had arrested Mohammed Aslam Wani (35), an alleged hawala dealer.

According to the police Wani had claimed that he had given Rs 2.25 crore to Shah.

The ED had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Shah and Wani.

Wani was arrested with a large cache of ammunition and Rs 63 lakh, allegedly received through 'hawala' channels from the Middle East, on August 26, 2005.