New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to Kashmiri pro-freedom leader Shabir Shah over a decade-old case of money laundering against him.
Officials said the agency has asked Shah to depose before the investigating officer (IO) of the case here on June 6.
The ED had issued a similar summons to Shah on May 25 but he had failed to appear before the IO.
The central agency has issued several summons to Shah in the past few years in pursuance of the August 2005 case wherein the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had arrested Mohammed Aslam Wani, 35, an alleged Hawala dealer, who had claimed that he had passed on Rs 2.25 crore to Shah.
Shah has never answered the ED’s summons.
He has in the past told PTI that the ED case against him was “politically motivated”.
The ED had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Shah and Wani.
Wani was arrested allegedly with Rs 63 lakh received through ‘hawala’ channels from the Middle East, and a large cache of ammunition on August 26, 2005.
Police claimed that during questioning, Wani said that Rs 50 lakh was to be delivered to Shah and Rs 10 lakh to Jaish-e- Mohammad area commander in Srinagar, Abu Baqar, and the rest was his commission.
Wani, a native of Srinagar, had also claimed that he had delivered around Rs 2.25 crore to Shah and his kin in multiple instalments over the past year, according to the police.