The National Investigating Agency has again called Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s sons for the third round of questioning in the national capital in terror funding case. Also Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued summons to Bilqees Shah — the wife of Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah, who is behind bars in a decade-old money laundering case.
In terror funding case, the NIA sleuths have been grilled Geelani’s sons for two long weeks with small intervals in between. Now they have been called next week to join the investigation.
Geelani’s sons — Nayeem and Naseem — joined probe in the first week of August and then in the last week of the same month. They were asked to provide with all the details of their properties spread across Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Delhi. The brothers gave details about their properties and that of their father and also about various bank accounts.
Apart from this, the Enforcement Directorate has issued summons to Bilqees Shah — the wife of Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah who is behind bars in a decade-old money laundering case probed by the agency — to appear before its head office at Delhi.
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.”