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A Delhi court Saturday framed charges against Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, suspected aide of Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and three others for alleged involvement in money laundering to fund terror. Their trial would begin April 16.

National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Judge H.S. Sharma framed charges against Bhat, Muhammad Sidiq Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo and Farooq Ahmed Dagga, for committing offences under various provisions of anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The court fixed April 16 to begin the trial against the accused.

The NIA, in its charge sheet filed in August 2011, alleged that Bhat collected over Rs.4.57 crore during a period of three years, starting January 2008, through money laundering channels for terror activities.

Bhat was arrested from Kashmir in January 2011 by a joint team of Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir police and Rs.21 lakh were allegedly recovered from him. Delhi Police’s anti-terror unit, Special Cell, later handed over the case to NIA.



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