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Shabir Shah’s bail plea deferred till Apr 2

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, Feb 23: A Delhi court on Saturday deferred the hearing on the bail plea of Hurriyat leader Shabir Shah, arrested in a decade-old alleged money-laundering case, till April 2.

Shah’s bail plea came up for hearing before Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora.

 

The court had on February 18 sought response from the Enforcement Directorate on Shah’s bail plea.

The application was moved before the court 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 application submitted that the accused was wrongly and falsely implicated in the case, which was registered in 2007 for the alleged offence committed in 2005.

Shah was arrested on July 25, 2017, in the case in which the Special Cell of Delhi Police had also arrested Wani. It claimed that Rs 63 lakh was recovered from Wani, out of which Rs 52 lakh was allegedly to be delivered to Shah.

Shah is in judicial custody and lodged in Tihar Central Jail.