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ED says Kashmiri separatist Shabir Shah in touch with Hafiz Saeed

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Published : Sep 24, 2017, 2:19 am IST
Updated : Sep 24, 2017, 2:20 am IST

The agency has recorded Shah’s statements over a dozen times since he was arrested from Srinagar on July 26.

Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah
 Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday accused Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah of having been in touch with Pakistan-based terrorist Hafiz Saeed in a chargesheet filed against him in connection with a 2005 money laundering case related to alleged terror financing.

The court of additional sessions judge Sidharth Sharma, after taking cognisance of the chargesheet, fixed September 27 as the next date of hearing.

 

The ED has named as many as 19 people as prosecution witnesses. The ED has also chargesheeted Moha-mmed Aslam Wani, an alleged hawala dealer, under various sections. Wani is presently in judicial custody along with Shah.

The Central probe agency, in its 700-page chargesheet filed under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), has furnished Shah’s statements where he allegedly told investigators that he has “no source of income of his own” and that he does “not file any income tax returns”. The agency claimed that its probe had found that Shah had been talking to global terrorist and Pakistan-based Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed over telephone, most recently in January. The ED claimed that Shah “only received donations in cash from locals and his well-wishers towards the party fund which amounts to Rs 8-10 lakh per annum”. It was also found that Shah does “not keep records of these donations which he receives in cash only,” the ED prosecution complaint said.

 

The agency has recorded Shah’s statements over a dozen times since he was arrested from Srinagar on July 26.

The probe agency also recorded the statement of 36-year-old Wani. He allegedly said that he came to Delhi from Srinagar “at the directions of Shah” sometime in April 2003, and that that was the first time they had met. Wani was arrested by the ED on August 6 from Srinagar.

He was also taken by agency sleuths to certain locations in Old Delhi where he used to take cash for alleged “hawala deals”. The Enforcement Directorate alleged that Wani was asked by Shah to “work for him (on a commission basis) in collecting hawala money from Delhi and deliver to him at Srinagar.”

 

The case dates back to August 2005 in which the Delhi police’s special cell had earlier arrested Wani. Wani had then claimed that he had given Rs 2.25 crore to Shah, following which the ED had registered a criminal case under PMLA against the duo in 2007. Wani was arrested with Rs 63 lakh, allegedly received through “hawala” channels from West Asia, and a cache of ammunition, on August 26, 2005. During questioning, he had allegedly told the police that Rs 50 lakh was to be delivered to Shah and `10 lakh to Jaish-e-Mohammad’s area commander in Srinagar, Abu Baqar, and that the rest was his commission. In 2010, a Delhi court had cleared Wani of terror funding charges, but had convicted him under the Arms Act.

 

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