ED files charge sheet against Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah

The Enforcement Directorate today filed a charge sheet against Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah and a suspected hawala dealer in connection with a money laundering case.

Published: 23rd September 2017 06:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th September 2017 08:50 AM   |  A+A-

Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah. | PTI File Photo

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday filed a charge sheet against Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah and suspected hawala dealer Mohammad Aslam Wani under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The charge sheet has alleged that Shah received funding from terror masterminds in Pakistan to fuel terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir and Wani used to launder money at his behest. The charge sheet has also claimed that Shah was in touch with Lashkar-e-Tayyaba chief Hafiz Saeed. Shah spoke to Saeed as late as in January this year.

During the probe, Shah told the agency that he has no source of income of his own and he did not file income tax returns. Shah is the founder chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party that collects donations from the supporters in cash.

The charge sheet filed before the Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma has named the duo and their role in laundering money for terror funding.

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.

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