New Delhi: The Delhi Court issued summons against Kashmir’s separatist leader Shabir Shah’s wife Dr Bilquies Shah while taking cognizance on a charge sheet in a money laundering case related to militant financing. He is currently lodged in Tihar jail under judicial custody.
According to the statement, Enforcement Directorate, in its supplementary charge sheet which was filed last year named Shabir Shah’s wife Dr Bilquies Shah as a new accused in the case.
Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana on Saturday while takes cognizance on the charge sheet, issued a summon against Dr Bilquies Shah for her presence in the court on June 9 and also issued a production warrant for Shabir Shah who is currently lodged in Tihar Jail in the matter.
Advocate Naveen Kumar Matta, representing ED had submitted that Dr. Bilquies Shah along with Shabir Ahmad Shah had received an amount of Rs. 2.08 Crore from Mohd. Aslam Wani (co-accused, currently on bail).
ED stated that, Mohd. Aslam Wani in his statements recorded under Section 50 of PMLA, 2002 had admitted that all the amounts were in cash and were handed over to Shabir Ahmad Shah and on three occasions to Dr. Bilquies Shah. She received the said amount knowing fully well that her husband had no known sources of income and this money could not have been obtained through illicit means.
Chargesheet stated that it clearly implies that Dr. Bilquies Shah was an active accomplice of Shabir Ahmad Shah in his illicit criminal activities. She did not file Income Tax Returns during the period preceding the year 2013 as she had no other income except meagre income from private practice, besides her salary to declare.
ED stated that Shabir Ahmad Shah is the main accused and is the conspirator who had devised the whole scheme of money laundering so as to obtain illicit funds from outside India to further the nefarious designs of causing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir. Shabir Ahmad Shah was in regular touch with Hafeez Sayeed, a global terrorist, head of Jamat-ud-Dawa, an organization banned under UNSC resolution no. 1267 Shabir Ahmad Shah was in regular touch with Mohd. Shafi Shayar, based in Pakistan, whose Pakistani phone number was provided by him to Mohd. Aslam Wani for collecting the crime money in Delhi on his behalf.
Shabir Shah, in his defence earlier stated that there is no evidence of any nature connecting the Shabir Shah with Aslam Wani.
He is a respectable person and is a known political leader. He is a chairman of the Democratic Freedom Party and allegations levelled against him are motivated and based on falsehood, he added.
Be Part of Quality Journalism
Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.