July 2017 News

ED Gets Non-bailable Arrest Warrant Against Shabir Shah

2 July 2017
Times of India


New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has obtained a non-bailable arrest warrant against Kashmiri separatist Shabir Shah and he is likely to be arrested this week after he refused to obey summons issued by agencies at least eight times in the last two years for allegedly receiving money from Pakistan through hawala channels. 'Shabir Shah was given sufficient opportunities to appear before the directorate through summons but he wilfully avoided the investigation without any reasonable cause,' a senior ED official said, confirming that the agency would arrest him this week. The ED probe found Shah had acquired property in and around Delhi and in other parts of the country with unaccounted money. 'The source of money through which he has acquired these properties are not known and he has been asked to join probe to give proof of income for acquiring such assets,' the official said. A case was registered against Shah by the special cell of Delhi Police in 2005 after it arrested a hawala dealer who confessed that the Rs 63 lakh seized from him was meant to be delivered to Shah in Srinagar. The probe found Shah continued to get paid through illegal channels from Pakistani authorities for subversive activities in India. Mohammad Aslam Wani, the hawala dealer from J&K, was arrested by Delhi Police with 5 kg of explosives, a pistol with 15 live cartridges and Rs 63 lakh. 'During investigation, Wani disclosed he was working as a carrier for Shabir for the last few years. His job was to collect hawala money from Delhi and deliver it to Shah in Srinagar,' the official said. A Delhi trial court has convicted Wani in the case.

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