Srinagar: The family of senior resistance leader Shabir Ahmad Shah on Wednesday alleged harassment by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on one and another pretext.
Shah, chief of the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), is undergoing detention in New Delhi after his arrest in Srinagar in July. He is being interrogated by the ED for alleged money laundering.
“The ED has once again sent me a notice to appear before it,” said Dr Bilquees, Shah’s wife. “It is the second notice within a month.”
She said the ED had issued her a notice when she met Shah in New Delhi on August 5 at the ED office.
“At that time, I was questioned for five hours and was asked to reappear before the ED on the 11th of this month with a written declaration,” Bilquees informed.
“On August 12, when I went to the ED office, I was told to return two days later as the lady officer [in the case] was absent,” she said and added, “This dilly-dallying tactic was repeated when I was asked to return on the 17th after I reached the ED office on the 14th.”
Bilquees, a mother of two, has been stationed in New Delhi following her husband’s arrest. Shah is a diabetic and suffers from other ailments as well.
“On the 17th,” she said, “I had all documents with me that the ED had asked me for, but when I told the officer concerned to take the records, he refused with a smiling face saying ‘Madam, what should I tell you now’.”
Bilquees is a medical officer in the J&K health department and is currently on leave from her duties.
In the meantime, a sister of Bilquees died in Baderwah on August 15. “I had to rush from Delhi to Jammu by the first flight on August 16 and I returned to Delhi on the 20th.”
After staying in Delhi till the 28th of this month, Dr Bilquees arrived in Srinagar on Tuesday. “The duration of my leave (from duties) had expired,” she said. “But to my utter surprise, the ED had sent another notice in my name to my home.”
“My domestic help had received the ED summons on August 28, wherein I have been asked by the ED to appear again on the same date at its Delhi office,” she said.
“It is astonishing,” Shah’s wife continued, “that in the last ten days, the ED officer met me twice, on 22nd and 23rd August, at the Patiala House court complex but he didn’t ask me to come to their office.”
She added that whosoever goes to meet the resistance leader, “ED issues summons to them… Three summons have already been issued to relatives who went to meet Shah,” she said.
“I am sure that once my two daughters go to meet their father (Shabir Shah), ED won’t spare them either,” she rued.