Srinagar: Mohammad Aslam Wani, who was arrested in a case lodged under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) involving resistance leader Shabir Ahmad Shah, told a court in New Delhi this Tuesday that there was no “material or evidence against me in the case”.
He made the statement in a bail application he moved before the court, following which Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma sought response from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) by September 7.
The ED on Thursday opposed the bail plea of Wani.
In his bail application, 36-year-old Wani said, “There is no material or evidence that I had indulged in making money by selling weapons or that I ever supplied money to anyone, including Shabir, before or after 2005.”
“I am innocent and there is no chance of my escaping from justice if I am granted the relief,” he told the court.
The court had earlier rejected the bail plea of Shabir Ahmad Shah after the ED said it was probing whether he had received money from “enemy countries” such as Pakistan to promote terrorism in India.
Wani, who was arrested from Srinagar on August 6 by the ED with the help of the state police, is currently in judicial custody up to September 13.
Shabir was arrested by the ED from Srinagar on July 25.
The ED acted against the two in pursuance of an August 2005 case, in which the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had arrested Wani, who, according to Delhi Police, had passed on Rs 2.25 crore to Shabir.
In 2010, a Delhi court had cleared Wani of terror funding charges but convicted him under the Arms Act.
In their objections to Wani’s bail plea, Public Prosecutors Navin Kumar Matta and Rajeev Awasthi told Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma that there were “serious allegations” against Wani.