Jammu: A special CBI court on Friday extended the remand of Shahid Yousuf to National Investigation Agency (NIA) by 15 days, but told the agency to submit proof of his involvement in money laundering.
Shahid, son of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, was arrested by the NIA on October 24 at its Delhi headquarter on allegations of involvement in money laundering (hawala).
A relative of Shahid told Kashmir Reader over phone from Delhi that the special NIA judge, Poonam A Bamba, was not present in the court today.
“Shahid was brought to Patiala House Court today as he completed three months in NIA custody on January 24,” he said. “The case was shifted to CBI Judge, OP Saini, who asked the NIA to get proof of Shahid’s involvement.”
Shahid’s cousel, Rajat Kumar, told this newspaper that the judge refused to extend the remand of Shahid for 90 days as desired by the NIA.
“The NIA directly wanted the extension of his custody for more 90 days under UAPA,” he said, “but the judge extended it up to February 5th only directing NIA to expedite its probe.”
Under NIA Act, the anti-terror body can seek extension of custody up to 180 days. In normal cases, the police and judicial remand can only be extended for three months from the date of arrest.
“Shahid has completed three months in jail,” he said. “I told the court that if the case was to be brought under UAPA, it has to be established that the money which Shahid allegedly received from his father was used for militancy,” he explained.
“The judge told the NIA that when it files its charge sheet in the case, the anti-terror body should keep that thing in mind as how that amount of money was used for militancy,” he said.
“The NIA is accusing Shahid of allegedly receiving Rs 4 to 4.5 lakh for terrorism,” he said. “The NIA said that its investigation is still pending.”
“The court told the NIA to clear its position and come along with proof on 5th of Feb when it again hears the case of Shahid,” Kumar added.
On 23rd January, the special NIA court will hear Shahid’s bail plea. He had applied for bail just after his NIA custody ended.
Father of three, 42-year-old Shahid is an officer in agriculture department but was suspended by the government after NIA arrested him.
“Shahid’s eldest son is a Down’s syndrome patient and is eager to see his father who is in jail,” Shahid’s relative said. “He is only heard repeating: Abu aaw (come father).”