Geelani skips summon, his lawyer appears before ED

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Tuesday didn’t personally go to New Delhi to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials but sent his lawyer to appear before the probe agency.
The ED had asked Geelani to appear in person in the agency’s headquarters in New Delhi on December 18 for adjudication proceedings related to a foreign exchange violation case involving alleged $10,000 possessed by him in 2002.
Hurriyat (G) sources said Geelani didn’t move out of his home.
“As he continues to remain under house arrest, he didn’t come out of his residence today. There was no such word that Geelani is going to Delhi,” they said.
Hurriyat (G) spokesperson Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar said he has no information what is happening at the Hurriyat headquarters.
“I am not in Srinagar. I am out of station. I don’t know what is happening at the office,” he said.
IGP Kashmir Muneer Khan said Geelani never told police that he intended to go to New Delhi to appear before ED.
“It is very cold. He is also aged person and not that well. May be that is a reason he didn’t himself go but might have sent someone,” he said.
A close aide of Geelani told Rising Kashmir said that his lawyer appeared before the ED officials at its headquarters in New Delhi yesterday and got adjournment in the case.
Earlier, Hurriyat (G) had termed the ED summon to Geelani as unjustified and politically motivated to pressurize and intimidate him and other separatist leaders.
The ED had issued a notice under various sections of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to the 87-year-old separatist leader.
According to reports, the Income Tax department during a search at Geelani’s residence in 2002 found USD 10,000 and the separatist leader at that time was unable to declare the source of funds and was not able to give a satisfactory answer to the I-T department. He was summoned by the I-T department in 2003, but failed to appear. The case has been pending with the I-T department and the ED since then.”
The ED had last month charge sheeted senior separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah in a money laundering case of Rs 2.25 Crore dating back to 2005. Shah was charge sheeted along with alleged hawala dealer Muhammad Aslam Wani. Shah was arrested on July 25 from his Srinagar residence.
Seven second-rung separatist leaders, a leading businessman and two youth arrested in July this year for their alleged role in fomenting unrest in the valley are languishing in Tihar jail