Yasin Malik, chairman of the Jammu Kashmir liberation Front and SAS Geelani, chairman of the Hurriyat were summoned by the Enforcement Directorate on April 3, 2017
Yasin Malik, chairman of the Jammu Kashmir liberation Front and SAS Geelani, chairman of the Hurriyat were summoned by the Enforcement Directorate on April 3, 2017, for their involvement in various money laundering and FEMA cases. According to CNN News18, the Income Tax department had found $10,000 in June 2002, when they had searched Geelani’s house in Hyderpora.
Geelani, who is a separatist leader and advocates the movement openly, was found to be lacking a satisfactory explanation involving the source of the money. He had then been summoned by the Income Tax department but had failed to appear and the case has since been pending with the I-T and the Enforcement Directorate since then. Yasin Malik’s case goes even farther back to 2001 when the police had found and seized $1 lakh after searching one Ahmad Dar and his wife, Shazia Rasool. On being interrogated, Dar had revealed that the money belonged to Altaf Qadri of Nepal, who had given it to him and asked to hand it over to Yasin Malik.
It must be noted that Qadri worked for the All Parties Hurriyat Conference. Yasin Malik was then arrested but later released on bail. According to reports, the agencies have been having troubles investigating the case as most of the major documents had been washed away in the 2014 floods. Earlier on March 13, Chairman if the Hurriyat, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had been put under house arrest and Yasin Malik had been detained in an attempt to foil the sit-in demonstration on Mond. Separatists have been demanding a free Kashmir for years now and have organised various protests in the valley for the same creating a lot of inconvinence for the government.