Srinagar: Senior resistance leader Shabir Ahmad Shah was handed an over-1900-page charge sheet by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday in New Delhi.
The ED had lodged an alleged money-laundering case against Shah, who is the chief of the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP). The case pertains to 2005.
Shah was arrested from Srinagar on July 26, after which the ED flew him to Delhi, where he was questioned and has since been lodged in Tihar Jail.
A Srinagarite, Mohammad Aslam Wani, too has been arrested in the same case. Both Shah and Wani are currently in judicial custody.
“The ED gave the 1,900-page charge sheet to Shabir Shah in court,” sources told Kashmir Reader.
Shah was presented at 2:30 pm on Wednesday before Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma, in whose presence copies of the final report (charge sheet) were handed over to Shah and Wani.
The judge set Shah’s next date of hearing for October 13, when it will scrutinise the report and other documents filed along with it.
“Now Shah’s legal aides will study the charge sheet and can also file a bail application on the same date,” the sources said.
Meanwhile, sources said that a Delhi court on Wednesday extended the judicial custody of the seven Hurriyat Conference leaders and the businessman arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in July up to October 17.
They added that District and Sessions Judge Poonam Bhambale of the Patiala House Court extended the judicial custody of Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar Khanday, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Khan and Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate and of Zahoor Watali for an additional 20 days. All of them are lodged in Tihar Jail.
“All Hurriyat Conference leaders appeared before the judge, but Watali could not because of his ailing health,” the sources told Kashmir Reader. Watali is a 65-year-old businessman who suffers from diabetes. He appeared before court via video conferencing.
On May 30, the NIA filed a case of alleged “funding” against the resistance camp, following which it arrested the Hurriyat Conference leaders on July 25 from Srinagar and one from Delhi.
They have been detained in RC-10/2017/NIA/DLI (Funding Case to J&K separatist) under sections 120B, 121, 121 A of IPC and sections 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 38, 39, 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.