Salahuddin’s son sent to 7-day NIA custody

Salahuddin’s son sent to 7-day NIA custody
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New Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday sent Syed Shahid Yousuf, son of Syed Salahuddin, to seven days NIA custody in connection with a 2011 alleged funding case for allegedly receiving money from his father.
Shahid, who was arrested yesterday by National Investigation Agency (NIA), was produced before District and Sessions Judge Poonam A Bamba, who allowed the probe agency’s plea for his custody.
According to the agency, 42-year-old Shahid, who works in the agricultural department of the Jammu and Kashmir government, was summoned to the agency’s headquarters where he was arrested after questioning yesterday.
The NIA alleged that Shahid used to receive funds through a US-based international wire transfer company from Aijaz Ahmed Bhat, another accused in the case who is absconding and is reported to be based in Saudi Arabia.
The agency has alleged that Shahid was “one of several Indian contacts of Bhat” who had been in telephonic contact with him for receiving money transfer codes.
The NIA has claimed that so far Shahid has received a total of nearly Rs 4.5 lakh through eight international wire transfers.
The case, registered by the NIA in April 2011, relates to the transfer of money from Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir through hawala channels via Delhi, which the agency claims was used in funding militancy and secessionist activities.
The NIA has so far filed two charge sheets against six people including G M Bhat, a close aide of pro-Pakistan Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mohammed Siddiq Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo and Farooq Ahmed Dagga. All four are in judicial custody.
Two others — Mohammed Maqbool Pandit and Bhat — were also charge sheeted by the NIA but are absconding. Interpol Red Corner notices have been issued against them.
Shahid’s father Mohammed Yusuf Shah, better known as Syed Salahuddin is the head of militant outfits amalgam, United Jihad Council and the chief commander of militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.
He was recently declared a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist “by the US Department of State.
The NIA has registered two cases related to funding — one in November 2011 and the other in May this year. It had filed a charge sheet against 10 people including Syed Salahuddin in the April 2011 case.
In the recent case, the NIA has arrested 10 people so far. PTI

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