Updated: September 18, 2020 1:59:41 am
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday filed a prosecution complaint against Bilquies Shah, wife of Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Ahmed Shah, in connection with a money laundering case. The agency alleged that Bilquies received part of funds routed to Shabir Shah by an alleged Jaish-e-Mohammed operative.
“Shabir Shah has been found to be carrying out illicit activities along with his accomplice Mohd Aslam Wani, who is an activist of banned militant organisation JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammad). He was using Aslam Wani as a carrier for collecting hawala money sent by his Pakistan based outfits through hawala operators to deliver the same to him and his wife…,” the ED said in a statement.
The agency earlier filed a prosecution complaint against Shah in the same case. It had attached “property, located in posh area of Srinagar, belonging to Shabir Ahmad Shah being held in the name of his wife and daughters”.
“Investigation under PMLA revealed that Shabir Shah, without having any legitimate sources of income, had received money for carrying out separatist activities in J & K and had acquired various properties through a maze of dubious transactions. Bilquies Shah w/o Shabir Shah has also received illegitimate money from Mohd. Aslam Wani (carrier of Shabir Shah) on various occasions,” the ED said.
In an earlier conversation with The Indian Express, Bilquies had denied the allegations and said ED had not found any evidence against her husband or herself.
Shah is currently in jail in connection with an NIA case of terror funding.
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