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Kashmir: Separatist leader Shabir Shah arrested in decades-old terror-funding case

26 Jul 2017 | By Gogona Saikia
Terror funding in Kashmir: Separatist leader arrested

Separatist leader Shabir Shah has been arrested by the ED in a decades-old money laundering case related to terror funding.

He was held in Srinagar last night, and would be produced in a Delhi court tomorrow.

A non-bailable arrest warrant was issued after Shah defied multiple summons issued by ED over the years.

In context: Terror funding in Kashmir: Separatist leader arrested

CaseArrested middleman said he had delivered Rs. 2.25cr to Shah

In August 2005, police arrested Mohammed Aslam Wani, a hawala operator, with Rs. 63L cash and a large cache of ammunition.

He revealed that Rs. 50L of the money received from the Middle East was for Shah, Rs. 10L for Jaish-e-Mohammad commander Abu Baqar, and the rest was his commission.

He claimed he had supplied Rs. 2.25cr to Shah, in instalments over the years.

But Shah kept ignoring ED summons

Afterwards, the ED had filed a case against Shah and Wani under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. But Shah insisted the case was "politically motivated" and never deposed before the central investigating agency despite multiple summons.
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26 Jul 2017Kashmir: Separatist leader Shabir Shah arrested in decades-old terror-funding case