NIA asks Income Tax department to check Watali’s accounts

NIA asks Income Tax department to check Watali’s accounts
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New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has asked the Income Tax department to assess the accounts of businessman Zahoor Watali, who was arrested by the NIA over a case of “terror funding” in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Saturday.
The officials said the NIA would also hire chartered accountants to examine the books and ledgers of Watali and his business establishments.
On Friday, the NIA had conducted raids in Srinagar in the offices of Trison Farms and Construction Pvt Ltd, owned by Watali.
“The search has unearthed incriminating documents pertaining to Zahoor Watali’s financial transactions. These have been seized and a further investigation is on,” an NIA spokesman here said.
NIA officials said the Income Tax authorities would be examining the documents seized and also comparing the accounts with his tax returns.
The chartered accountants (CAs) would examine the ledgers and investments including ‘kaccha’ (unofficial) receipts seized from his various offices, they said.
The officials said the CAs would also scrutinise the accounts of some NGOs and trusts in Kashmir Valley.
The NIA has also accused Watali of travelling on an invalid passport.
“Instead of surrendering the cancelled passport to the authorities, he travelled abroad on the cancelled/invalid passport on March 21 last year in violation of the law and again when he tried to do so, his invalid passport was seized in Delhi by the authorities,” NIA had said in a statement.
The statement had said that Watali, “who is suspected of acting as a conduit for illegally remitting funds to secessionists, terrorists and stone-pelters”, had earlier been arrested in 1990 by the Jammu and Kashmir Police.
“Some anti-national activists were found present in his house at Bagat Barzulla, Srinagar. He was taken into custody along with Yaseen Malik, Sajjad Gani Lone, Bilal Lone and others and was jailed for eight months at Jammu,” it said.

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