Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairmanShabir Shah’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) remand has been extended for one more day, in connection with the ‘terror funding’ case, reports said.
Shah was produced in the Patiala House Court On July 26, following which he was sent to a seven-day ED custody.
On July 25, Shah was arrested from his residence, where he was under house detention for a very long time, in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has been tough on Separatists regarding the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir.
On July 24, the NIA arrested seven separatists over money laundering charges, for ‘funding terror’ in the Kashmir Valley.
All seven separatist leaders – Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate – were later sent to 10-day NIA custody.
They have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The NIA visited Srinagar in May to probe the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned several separatist leaders on the issue of raising, collecting and transferring funds via the Hawala route and other channels to fund ‘terror’ activities in Kashmir.
The NIA sleuths specifically questioned separatist leaders Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate and Gazi Javed Baba at that time.
Pertinently, the NIA is said to be probing all aspects of funding to separatist leaders and how they reportedly used these funds to fuel unrest in the Kashmir Valley.