New Delhi/Srinagar: Senior pro-freedom leader Shabir Shah was on Wednesday sent to seven days’ Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody by a Delhi court in a decade-old case of money laundering for alleged terror financing.
Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma allowed the custodial interrogation of Shah, who was arrested yesterday, by the ED after the agency told the court that he was not cooperating with investigators.
The ED had issued multiple summons to Shah but he never deposed before the central probe agency.
A Delhi court had earlier this month issued a non- bailable warrant (NBW) against the separatist leader.
The agency had been issuing summons to Shah earlier too in pursuance of the August 2005 case in which the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had arrested Mohammed Aslam Wani (35), an alleged hawala dealer.
According to the police, Wani had claimed that he had given Rs 2.25 crore to Shah.
The ED had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Shah and Wani.
Wani was arrested with a large cache of ammunition and Rs 63 lakh, allegedly received through ‘hawala’ channels from the Middle East, on August 26, 2005.
Shah was arrested on Tuesday evening and flown to Delhi Wednesday morning.
“A police party from Police Station Sadder came to Shah’s Sanat Nagar residence, where he is under house arrest (on Tuesday evening) and told him to accompany them for one hour,” a party spokesperson said in a statement.
Shah was flown to Delhi on Wednesday morning. At the airport, he talked to the media and termed his arrest as “political vengeance”.
“Shabir Shah’s life is an open book and by resorting to such vengeful tactics, authorities can’t cow down the pro-freedom leader’s spirit and resolve,” the spokesperson said.
With inputs from PTI