After National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided and arrested several Hurriyat leaders, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has now extended its net and summoned Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani in alleged money laundering case.
Sources in Hurriyat (G) told Rising Kashmir that ED has summoned Geelani in an old case and asked him to appear before the agency on December 18.
“Geelani Saheb has received the ED notice. He is supposed to present himself at New Delhi’s headquarters of the ED on Dec 18,” they said.
The Income Tax department during a search at Geelani’s residence in 2002 had allegedly found USD 10,000 and the separatist leader at that time was unable to declare the source of funds and not given satisfactory answer to the I-T department, reported New Delhi-based agency, ANI.
It reported that Geelani was summoned by the I-T department in 2003 but he had failed to appear before the agency. The case has been pending with the I-T department and the ED since then.
Pertinent to mention here that the ED had last month charge sheeted senior separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah in alleged money laundering case of Rs 2.25 crores dating back to 2005.
Shah was arrested on July 25 from his Srinagar residence and is presently lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail.
He was charge sheeted along with alleged hawala dealer Muhammad Aslam Wani.
Seven separatist leaders arrested in July this year for their alleged role in fomenting unrest in the valley are already under NIA custody.
The arrested leaders Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar and Altaf Ahmed Shah alias Fantoosh-the son-in-law of Geelani have been lodged in Tihar Jail.
Nayeem, Akbar, Saifullah, Kalwal and Fantoosh belong to Hurriyat (G) while Bitta Karate heads a faction of JKLF. Shahid-ul-Islam is associated with Hurriyat led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Besides, leading businessman Zahoor Watali and two youth including a photo-journalist Kamran Yousuf are also in NIA custody.