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Shabir Shah ‘generated funds’ from Pak to create unrest in Kashmir: ED

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Shabir Ahmad Shah, chief of Jammu Kashmir Freedom Party, speaks during a news conference in Srinagar June 1, 2005. Shah, a senior Kashmiri separatist leader scheduled to travel to Pakistan, said on Wednesday that people should not expect too much from the historic trip by Kashmiri leaders across the frontier. A group of moderate separatist leaders is due to visit Pakistani Kashmir on Thursday on a new bus link between the divided parts Kashmir for talks to help end the dispute over the Himalayan region. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli FK/TZ


New Delhi, Apr 2: The Enforcement Directorate Tuesday told a Delhi court that jailed Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah generated funds from Pakistan and other countries to carry out unrest in the Valley.

The agency made the submission before Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora while opposing Shah’s bail application in a decade-old money laundering case for alleged militant financing, in which the accused is currently lodged in Tihar central jail here.

 

ED’s special public prosecutor N K Matta told the court that Shah was “involved in generation of huge proceeds of crime from various countries, including Pakistan, to carry out unrest in Kashmir and amassed huge wealth in the form of immovable and movable assets.”

Advocate Samvedna Verma, appearing for ED, told the court that if granted the relief, Shah may use his influence in threatening the witnesses and may not be available for facing the trial.

“Accused Shabir Shah is involved in channelizing the illegal money sources from foreign countries, i.e., Pakistan, avoiding banking channel to fund the terror organisations in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country and if released on bail, he may use his influence in pressurizing/ threatening the witnesses and may not be available for facing trial,” the agency said.

It also alleged that Shah was in regular touch with Hafiz Sayeed, Chief of Pakistan-based banned militant outfit, Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD). There are serious allegations against Shah and further investigation in the case was going on and the properties were being identified, the ED said, adding that it was trying to establish the money trail.

Advocate M S Khan had moved the bail application on behalf of Shah on the ground of parity after the Delhi High Court recently granted bail to co-accused and alleged hawala dealer Mohammad Aslam Wani in the case. The case was registered in 2007 for the alleged offence committed in 2005 and the accused was arrested on July 25, 2017.

The court had in August 2017 denied bail to Shah after ED submitted that it was probing whether he had received money from “enemy countries” like Pakistan to promote militantncy India. Shah was arrested in connection with the August 2005 case in which the Special Cell of Delhi Police had arrested Wani, claiming that Rs 63 lakh was recovered from him, out of which Rs 52 lakh was allegedly to be delivered to Shah.

The agency had earlier issued summonses to Shah in the case, the prosecution had said, adding that Wani had claimed that he had given Rs 2.25 crore to Shah. Investigating agencies such as the National Investigation Agency (NIA) have cracked down on Hurriyat leaders, arresting Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law — Altaf Ahmed Shah, also known as Altaf Fantoosh — and several other Kashmiri separatists.