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ED summons separatist leader Shabir Shah in 2005 money laundering case

LiveMint logoLiveMint 03-06-2017 PTI

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah in connection with an over a decade-old case of money laundering registered against him for alleged terror financing.

Officials said the agency has asked Shah to depose before the investigating officer (IO) of the case in New Delhi on 6 June. The ED had issued a similar summon to Shah on 25 May but he had failed to keep the date. Fresh summons have now been issued to Shah, they said.

The central probe agency has issued several 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 had passed on Rs2.25 crore to Shah. Shah has never kept the dates with the ED. He has in the past told PTI that the ED case against him was “politically motivated”.

The ED had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Shah and Wani. Wani was arrested allegedly with Rs63 lakh, received through hawala channels from the Middle East, and a large cache of ammunition on 26 August 2005. During questioning, he had told the police that Rs50 lakh was to be delivered to Shah and Rs10 lakh to Jaish-e- Mohammad area commander in Srinagar, Abu Baqar, and the rest was his commission.

Wani, who hails from Srinagar, had also claimed that he had delivered around Rs2.25 crore to Shah and his kin in multiple instalments over the past year. The ED, sources said, wants to probe the “proceeds of crime” of alleged terror financing in this case.

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