Arrested Hurriyat Members Sent to Judicial Custody


New Delhi—Four senior Hurriyat members, including the son-in-law of Syed Ali Geelani, were sent to judicial custody Monday by a Delhi court in alleged terror funding case.    

Duty magistrate Pankaj Sharma sent Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah, popularly known as Altaf Fantosh, Peer Saifullah, Merajuddin Kalwal and Nayeem Khan to jail for 14 days.    

The court’s order came after the NIA submitted that they were not required for further interrogation.    

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 other three — Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmed Dar and Mohamad Akbar Khanday — were sent to the judicial custody till September 1.    

Shah was in the custody of Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had put him under preventive detention immediately after Eid last month.    

Geelani’s close aides, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar and Peer Saifullah, were arrested by the NIA from the Valley.

Wani’s ED custody extended by six days

Court also extended by six days the ED custody of Mohammad Aslam Wani, arrested in connection with a decade-old money laundering case involving DFP leader Shabir Shah.    

Sharma allowed the ED to interrogate Wani till August 20 after the agency’s special public prosecutor N K Matta sought 10 days custody.    

During the in-chamber proceedings, advocate M S Khan, appearing for Wani, opposed the plea and moved an application alleging that the accused was compelled to sign certain documents by the ED

Wani was arrested on August 6 by the ED, after a sessions court here had issued an open-ended non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him, and was sent to eight-day ED custody.    

An open-ended NBW, unlike the NBW, does not carry a time limit for its execution.    

According to an official, Wani, 36, was arrested from Srinagar by the ED with the help of the state police. The agency had issued multiple summonses for his appearance in the case but he did not appear before it.

Shabir Shah was arrested by the agency from Srinagar on July 26.The ED action against the two is in pursuance of an August 2005 case, in which the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had arrested Wani, who allegedly claimed he had passed on Rs 2.25 crore to Shah.    

In 2010, a Delhi court had cleared Wani of terror funding charges but had convicted him under the Arms Act.    

The ED had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Shah and Wani.    

Wani was arrested allegedly with Rs 63 lakh, received through hawala channels from the Middle East, and a large cache of ammunition, on August 26, 2005.    

During questioning, he had told the police that an amount of Rs 50 lakh was to be delivered to Shah and Rs 10 lakh to Jaish-e-Mohammad area commander in Srinagar, Abu Bakar, and that the rest was his commission, it was claimed. PTI

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