Srinagar: Ramping up the pressure on the Hurriyat Conference, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has now summoned Syed Ali Geelani to its office in Srinagar for hearing in a case that dates back to June 2002.
“… The show cause notice was issued to you asking as to why adjudication proceedings as contemplated under Section 13 of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999, should not be held against you for the contravention of the provisions of Section 4 of FEMA,” reads the notice.
Sources said that Geelani has been called in a money-laundering case that was registered on June 23, 2002, after an income tax raid on his Hyderpora residence allegedly recovered an amount of 10,000 US dollars.
The ED notice concedes that Geelani replied to its earlier notice sent on July 28, 2017. However, the ED said, “The Adjucating Authority is of the opinion that adjucating proceedings be held against you.”
“Now, therefore, kindly take notice that the matter has been fixed for personal hearing on December 18, 2017, at 12:30pm in the office of Directorate of Enforcement Srinagar Zonal Office, Durrani House, Rajbagh, near Rajbagh police station,” the ED notice signed by its Enforcement Officer, Zia-ul-Haq, says.
The ED has clearly said in the notice that if Geelani fails to personally appear or does not send his legal counsel or chartered accountant, “the adjucating authority may proceed against you.”
The 88-year-old Geelani has been ailing for long and has been confined to his Hyderpora residence since 2010. He has only been allowed to move out in medical emergency cases. At least a dozen government forces personnel guard his house-cum-office and two armoured vehicles are permanently stationed outside its main gate.
In July this year, the ED arrested Hurriyat Conference (G) secretary-general Shabir Ahmad Shah, and another of Geelani’s aides, Muhammad Aslam Wani, in a money-laundering case dating back to 2005. The duo is now in Delhi’s Tihar Jail and the ED has filed its charge sheet against Shah and Wani.