Geelani-led Hurriyat member chargesheeted in terror financing case

The ED has alleged that the two men received money from Italy through Western Union Money Transfer and this money was used for unlawful activities related to terror funding.

By: PTI | Srinagar | Published: July 16, 2015 9:43 pm

In the first of its kind chargesheet filed by the ED against terror funding in Jammu and Kashmir, Firdous Ahmad Shah, a member of Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Hurriyat Conference, was on Thursday charged in connection with use of money sent from Italy allegedly for terror financing. The chargesheet filed in the court of Sessions Judge Srinagar (Special Judge, Money Laundering) named Shah as well as his close confidante Yar Mohammed Khan, an Enforcement Directorate (ED) official said.

The ED has alleged that the two men received money from Italy through Western Union Money Transfer and this money was used for unlawful activities related to terror funding. The chargesheet mentions that there were around 300 instances spread over three years from 2007 where money was allegedly sent from Italy. The ED attached Shah’s house at Abi Gujar in Lal Chowk, which was, however, released by the court and the matter is under adjudication. Besides this, Rs 1 lakh belonging to Khan has been frozen, the official said.

Shah is the Chairman of Democratic Political Movement, a constituent of Geelani’s faction of Hurriyat Conference. When contacted, Shah told PTI that the allegations were baseless and that there was no proof that the money was used for financing of terror. “This is just a conspiracy,” he said, but declined to respond to a question whether he had received money from Italy.

The previous Omar Abdullah government had taken up with the Centre the need for roping in Enforcement Directorate to deal with the issue of financing terror groups through illegal means. An ED team had visited the state after 2011 and registered more than 10 cases including that against Shabir Shah for allegedly receiving funds from abroad for anti-national activities.

In a related development, the ED plans to summon Shabir Shah next week in connection with a case dating back to August 2005 that related to Delhi Police Special Cell’s arrest of Mohammed Aslam Wani, an alleged hawala dealer, who had claimed that he had passed on Rs 2.25 crore to Shah. He has, however, denied the charge.

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  1. A
    Jul 16, 2015 at 10:23 pm
    taras aita ha India par ....f...k
    1. B
      Jul 17, 2015 at 2:46 am
      It is an open secret that All Kashmir Separatist Parties are being funded by stan and Saudi Arabia. Enforcement directorate should and must catch big fishes rather than questioning small fly. Let this be handed over to IB-CBI combine.
      1. G
        Jul 17, 2015 at 11:47 am
        sonia hi's sister sells indian antique's and artefacts by stealing and smuggling them to italy and part of that money is used to fund terror. just like ISIS in iraq and syria sells antique's to fund its beheadings of non muslim as part of their goals of eliminating all non muslims. at the same time muslims and some pseudo secular people in india continue to tell nice stories about muslims so that the hindus can be kept in the dark
        1. F
          Jul 17, 2015 at 12:18 am
          The money for terrorist activities are not coming through traceable smuggling, hawala are main funding schemes for terrorist activities. The customs hares innocent people at airports regarding gold import. The weapons terrorists needed cannot be bought with indian rupees(INR). The major suppliers of weapons are France, UK, and US. These companies don't take INR. Government cannot raise a finger against smuggling or hawala. If they did Bombay airport and all other duty free shops will be dealing in INR not American dollar.
          1. K
            krishna kumar
            Jul 16, 2015 at 10:09 pm
            Hurriyat and others had received foreign funds through hawala route and the money was used for terror related activities. Nobody dares to touch them. This is for the first time that there is definite proof against them to have received foreign funds through hawala route and used it for terror related activities in J&K. exemplary punishment be given to all involved in the racket.
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