Black money, terror funding linkage: Big setback for Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah over Pakistan based Hafiz Saeed connection

By: | Published: September 24, 2017 1:47 PM

Referring to the chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate against Kashmir separatist leader Shabir Shah, a special court on Saturday took cognisance of the 700-page report and directed the officials to produce the accused before it on September 27.

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Referring to the chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate against Kashmir separatist leader Shabir Shah, a special court on Saturday took cognisance of the 700-page report and directed the officials to produce the accused before it on September 27. The ED filed the chargesheet against Shah in connection with a 2005 money laundering case for alleged links to terror funding in Kashmir. The chargesheet stated that Shah was in constant touch with Pakistan-based terrorists Hafiz Saeed. According to a report by Indian Express, the complaint filed before the Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma also named alleged hawala dealer Mohammed Aslam Wani, who too is in judicial custody along with Shah.

Shah, who heads the separatist outfit Democratic Freedom Party, was arrested by the agency in July. The chargesheet also says he had links with terror outfits in Pakistan that were funding terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of India, ANI reported. Even his close aide and suspected hawala dealer Wani was busted in August. Wani was arrested with a pistol and huge amounts of cash and was later booked under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC, and 17 and 23 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, as also under Arms Act. Later during interrogation, Wani made a disclosure statement to police and agreed that he was working as a carrier for Shah.

Wani reportedly stated that he collected money from operators in Delhi and was supposed to deliver Rs 52.96 lakh to Shah in the Valley, Indian Express reported further.

The ED, in its application submitted to the court earlier, had claimed that Shah had been in continuous contact with various anti-national elements residing in Pakistan with an aimed to spread unrest in Kashmir. ED also said that records of Shah’s phone revealed that he had contacts in countries like Pakistan, Dubai and England and the case needs further investigation.

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