A Delhi court today extended the judicial custody of Syed Shahid Yousuf, son of globally-wanted terrorist Syed Salahuddin, in a 2011 terror funding case till December 22.
District Judge Poonam A Bamba also decided to hear the bail application oved by Yousuf, arrested and currently in the judicial custody, on December 16.
In his bail application, the accused said he was not required for the purpose of investigation and no purpose would be served by keeping him in further custody.
The NIA had earlier alleged that the accused had links with proscribed terrorist organisation like Hizb-ul-Mujahedin.
It had said the case was registered on the basis of information regarding funds from Pakistan being sent to Jammu and Kashmir through hawala channels via Delhi to fund terrorism.
The NIA had in 2011 arrested several persons including one Ghulam Mohd Bhat with Rs 21.2 lakh, alleging that Yousuf was “one of the several Indian contacts of Bhat” who had been in telephonic contact with him for receiving money transfer codes.
It had alleged that Yousuf’s involvement was found in collecting funds from a terrorist outfit in Saudi Arabia as well as from other accused on directions of his father Mohd Yousuf Shah alias Syed Salahuddin, self-styled supreme commander of the Hizb-Ul-Mujahiddin.
Syed Salahuddin was declared a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Department of State in June this year.
The NIA has claimed that so far Yousuf has received a total of nearly Rs 4.5 lakh through eight international wire transfers.
The agency has filed two charge sheets against six people including Bhat, a close aide of pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mohammed Siddiq Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo and Farooq Ahmed Dagga.
The NIA had also registered two other cases related to terror funding — one in November 2011 and the other in May this year. It had filed a charge sheet against 10 people including Salahuddin in the April 2011 case.
In the recent case, the NIA arrested 10 people including some close relatives and aides of Geelani.
( Source – PTI )