ED detains separatist Shabir Shah in decade old money laundering case
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 26-Jul-2017

Srinagar, July 26: Central Agencies including NIA, CBI and ED continue its probe against all the separatists and anti national elements to curb the terrorism in Kashmir. Notably, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested separatist leader Shabir Shah in connection with a decade old money laundering case against him for terrorism alleged financing.

However, the arrest of separatist Shabir Shah comes a day after when seven others including Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Shah were produced In the court for alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in Kashmir.

The Enforcement Directorate arrested separatist leader Shabir Shah on Tuesday night in connection with money laundering case against him for terrorism financing. According to the official sources, Shah was arrested from his residence in Srinagar and lodged at Humhama Police station who is expected to be shifted to Delhi today. He may be produced in a court in Delhi.

Earlier, the central investigation agency had issued multiple summons to Shah over the last few years in pursuance of the August 2005 case, wherein the Delhi Police's Special Cell had arrested Mohammed Aslam Wani (35), an alleged hawala dealer, who had claimed that he passed on Rs. 2.25 crore to Shah.

But Shah never deposed before the agency. However, a Delhi court had this month issued a non-bailable warrant against the separatist leader that officials said was executed. Shah remained in house detention.

Interestingly, ED registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Shah and Wani. Wani was arrested allegedly with Rs. 63 lakh, received through 'hawala' channels from the Middle East, and a large cache of ammunition, on August 26, 2005.

During questioning, Wani revealed that Rs. 50 lakh was to be delivered to Shah and Rs. 10 lakh to Jaish-e-Mohammad area commander in Srinagar, Abu Baqar, and that the rest was his commission. Wani also claimed that he delivered around Rs. 2.25 crore to Shah and his kin in multiple installments over the past year.

Earlier yesterday, a court in New Delhi remanded seven Hurriyat leaders to the custody of National Investigation Agency (NIA) for 10 days till 4th August who are accused of their role in Kashmir unrest. The seven arrested leaders include Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah (son-in-law of Syed Ali Geelani), Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal and Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate.