The Enforcement Directorate on Friday attached properties of Kashmiri Separatist Shabir Ahmad Shah in Srinagar in involvement in terror funding case, officials said.
According to ED, Shah was involved in illicit activities along with Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad’s hawala operator Mohd Aslam Wani. Shah has confessed during the interrogation that he has no source of income.
Wani and Shah were arrested by the ED in 2017 for the offence of money laundering.
This year in January, Wani was granted bail by Delhi High Court while Shah remained in judicial custody.
Earlier, Special Cell of Delhi Police had filed a charge sheet under sections 120B, 121, 121A, 122 and 123 of Indian Penal Code, sections 48 and 5 of Explosive Substance Act, sections 17 and 23 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and section 25 of Arms Act.
“The charge sheet has revealed that in 2005, Wani was apprehended with 5 kg of explosive, one Pistol with 15 live cartridges and a cash of Rs 62,96,000,” ED said.
In the disclosure before the police, Wani had admitted that out of this cash Rs 52.96 lakh belongs to Shah and was to be delivered to him in Srinagar. He had further revealed that Shah was directing hawala operators from Pakistan to deliver money to him in Delhi.
During investigation before Delhi Police, Wani had revealed that in the past also he acted as a carrier for Shah and delivered Rs 2.08 crore on various occasions. He also revealed in the absence of Shah, he has delivered Hawala money to Shah’s wife Dr Bilquies Shah in Srinagar.
The amount of Rs. 62.96 lakh recovered from Wani had been earlier attached by the ED and a prosecution complaint under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 was filed before the competent court at Patiala House.
Further investigation is under progress.