NIA summons Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s sons, ED Shabir Shah’s wife

Shah and Mohammad Aslam Wani were in judicial custody till September 27. Shah was arrested by the ED on July 26, a day after several Hurriyat leaders were taken into custody of the NIA in a case of alleged terror funding in the Valley.

The arrested was made in connection with an August 2005 case in which the Special Cell of Delhi Police nabbed Wani, claiming that Rs 63 lakh was recovered from the alleged hawala leader, out of which Rs 52 lakh was allegedly meant to be delivered to Shah.

The agency had earlier issued summons to Shah in the case, the prosecution had said, adding that Wani had claimed that he had given Rs 2.25 crore to the separatist leader.

Wani, 35, was arrested in the latest case on August 6 by the ED after a sessions court here had issued an open-ended non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him.

The ED had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Shah and Wani.

Further, Hurriyat Conference chief Syed Ali Geelani criticised the issuance of summons to Bilqees Shah. “The purpose of such illogical actions of ED against the leaders like Shabir Ahmad Shah, Bilqees Shah, Mohammad Aslam Wani and Zamir Ahmad Sheikh is to prolong their detention and create a frightful atmosphere among other pro-freedom activists.”

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