Shah misses date with ED

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NEW DELHI: Hurriyat (G) leader Shabir Shah on Monday missed his date with Enforcement Directorate (ED) in an alleged hawala case as he is under house arrest in Kashmir and his lawyer sought a fresh date for his appearance. 

Shah, the leader of Democratic Freedom Party, had been summoned today for questioning in connection with a decade-old case of terror financing through ‘hawala channel’. 

“I could not attend the ED summons as I have been under constant house arrest for sometime,” Shah told PTI over phone from Srinagar. His said his lawyer had informed the ED about his status of continued detention. 

The ED is probing a case of August 26, 2005 when Delhi Police’s Special Cell had arrested Mohammed Aslam Wani, an alleged hawala dealer, and claimed to have recovered Rs 63 lakh from him, suspectedly received through hawala channels from Middle East. 

Wani, who hails from Srinagar, had reportedly claimed that he had passed on Rs 2.25 crore to Shah and his kin in several installments over the past one year. 

While the agency had said its earlier summons were not replied by Shah, the separatist leader said the case was “politically motivated”. 

Wani, who is at present out on a bail, has also been summoned by the ED, which registered a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against him and Shah. 

During questioning, he had allegedly claimed before police that Rs 50 lakh was to be delivered to Shah and Rs 10 lakh to the Jaish-e-Mohammad ‘area commander’ in Srinagar Abu Baqar while the rest of the money was to be his commission. 

Wani, who ran a computer shop with his brother-in-law Feroz Mattoo, had come in contact with Shah early in 2004 when he had sold him a computer, police had said. 

 

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