Delhi Court allows ED to quiz Kashmiri businessman in Terror funding case.

A Delhi court today allowed the Enforcement Directorate to interrogate a Kashmiri businessman in connection with a terror funding case involving LeT chief and 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed to unearth the money trail.

Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sherawat allowed the application filed by ED’s counsel Nitesh Rana seeking permission to quiz Zahoor Watali, an influential businessman allegedly having friendship with Pakistani leaders and Kashmiri separatists, for two days – March 19 and 20.

Watali, who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on charges of receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror activities and stone-pelting in Kashmir, is at present lodged in Tihar jail.

He is said to be close to hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

In its application, the probe agency said it was conducting an investigation under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) against Watali for allegedly receiving funds from abroad.

“In the course of the investigation under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and the FEMA, the interrogation of accused Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali is required along with recording of separate statements under the PMLA and the FEMA,” it said.

A charge sheet was filed by the NIA in January this year against Hafiz Saeed, Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin and others for “conspiring to wage war against the government” and fomenting trouble in the Kashmir Valley.

The court had on February 2 taken cognisance of the charge sheet.

The 12,794-page charge sheet also alleged that officials of the Pakistan High Commission here were passing on money through Watali to the separatists.

The separatist leaders have been accused of taking a cut before handing over the money to foment trouble.

Saeed has also been accused of using the services of Watali for passing on the money to the separatists and some individuals who were actively indulging in stone-pelting in various areas of the Valley, the NIA said in the charge sheet.

The agency has charged Pakistan-based terrorists Saeed and Salahuddin, besides others, with criminal conspiracy, sedition, and under stringent provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

It said 60 locations were raided and 950 documents seized. There are 300 witnesses in the case.

Besides Saeed, Salahuddin and Watali, the agency has also named hardline pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Shah alias Altaf Fantoosh, Bashir Ahmad Bhat and Javed Ahmad Bhat as accused.

Hurriyat Conference leaders Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Mohammad Akbar Khanday and Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal have also been charged by the agency in the terror funding case.

Saeed, Salahuddin and their Pakistani handlers informed people about the agenda of violence through “protest calendars”, the charge sheet said. These calendars were released through newspapers, social media and religious leaders, according to it.

These acts were aimed at creating an atmosphere of terror and fear in Jammu and Kashmir, the charge sheet alleged.

It claimed money was also routed through fake and bogus companies floated abroad and remitted to the Hurriyat leaders in J and K.

Court extends judicial custody of 3 Kashmiri separatists

Court extends judicial custody of 3 Kashmiri separatists
Court extends judicial custody of 3 Kashmiri separatists

A Delhi court today extended by a month the judicial custody of three Kashmiri separatist leaders in a terror funding case.

District Judge Poonam A Bamba extended the judicial custody of Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmed Dar and Mohamad Akbar Khanday till September 27 when they will produced before the court along with four other accused, including the son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Besides Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah, popularly known as Altaf Fantoosh, the other accused who are in judicial custody are Peer Saifullah, Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Nayeem Khan.

The agency had arrested seven persons on July 24 in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest.

The agency had earlier told the court that it had received information that Hafiz Saeed, head of Jamat-ud-Dawah, and the separatists, including members of Hurriyat Conference, had been acting in connivance with banned outfits like Hizb- ul-Muzahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Dukhtaran-e-Millat and others to raise and receive funds from India and abroad through illegal channels, including hawala.

The money was allegedly being raised to fund separatist and terror activities in restive Jammu and Kashmir, it had claimed, alleging that the accused were waging war against the country and involved in various offences punishable under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

It had also claimed that the accused were involved in creating unrest by way of anti-India demonstrations and bandhs, which were done on their and others’ instructions.

The raids were part of the NIA’s efforts at clamping down on separatist groups allegedly receiving funds for subversive activities in the valley.

The NIA had claimed that it had recovered account books, Rs 2 crore in cash and letterheads of banned terror groups, including the LeT and the HM, during the raids.

( Source – PTI )

Terror funding case: Kashmiri bizman sent to NIA custody

Terror funding case: Kashmiri bizman sent to NIA custody
Terror funding case: Kashmiri bizman sent to NIA custody

Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali, arrested for alleged involvement in a terror funding case, was today sent to 10-day NIA custody.

District Judge Poonam A Bamba allowed the agency’s plea for custody after it said that the accused was required to be confronted with evidence and needs to be taken to various places as part of the investigation.

The court refused to allow the NIA plea for two-week custody.

Watali was arrested from here yesterday by the agency for alleged involvement in a terror funding case.

Earlier, the agency had carried out raids in the premises of the businessman and of other suspects.

It had further said in a statement that on June 3, 2017, the NIA had searched Watali’s house in Srinagar and seized incriminating documents pertaining to financial transactions and land deals.

( Source – PTI )