Judicial custody of Hurriyat leaders extended in ‘money laundering, funding cases’

A Delhi court on Wednesday extended till October 13 the judicial custody of Hurriyat leader Shabir Shah in a money laundering case .

In a separate case, the judicial custody of seven other Hurriyat leaders  arrested by the National Investigation Agency on “militant funding”  charges was also extended till October 25

Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma also extended the judicial custody of alleged ‘hawala’ operator Muhammad Aslam Wani till the same date, news agency IANS reported.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had filed a charge sheet in the case on Saturday against Wani and Shah under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Copies of the charge sheet have since been supplied to the accused.

Wani was arrested on August 6 while Shah was arrested on July 25 on charge of money laundering in a case dating back to 2005, when the Delhi Police Special Cell arrested Wani.

In the 2005 case lodged by the Special Cell, the court had acquitted co-accused Wani of the charges of criminal conspiracy and other offences but convicted him under the Arms Act, his defence counsel told the court.

In a separate case, a Delhi court extended till October 17 the judicial custody of seven Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders arrested on various charges, including receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor militant activities and stone-pelting in Jammu and Kashmir.

During the in-camera proceedings, District Judge Poonam Bamba extended the judicial custody of Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, and Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah.

On July 24, the National Investigation Agency had arrested the seven on charges of criminal conspiracy and waging war against India.

Altaf Ahmad Shah is the son-in-law of Hurriyat Conference(G) chairman   Syed Ali Shah Geelani, while Islam is a close aide of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who heads a parallel Hurriyat faction . Akbar  is the spokesperson for the Geelani-led Hurriyat.

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