New Delhi: Delhi court on Wednesday dismissed bail plea to separatist leader Shabir Shah in a 2007 money-laundering case, in view of the ED’s charge that he received money from Pakistan to create the uprising in Kashmir.
Sidharth Sharma, Additional Sessions Judge dismissed Shah’s fresh bail plea in a 2017 money-laundering case and also denied the relief to Shah citing the ongoing probe.
The court took note of the the report by public prosecutor N K Matta, appearing for ED, that “Shah is involved in channelising illegal money sourced from Pakistan, avoiding banking channels, to fund terror organisations in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country and if released on bail, he may use his influence in threatening the witnesses.”
The court said during the course of the probe if Shah is released on bail the entire effort of the ED to unearth the large conspiracy would not able to produce any logical results.
Pertinently, on November 15, the court had framed money laundering charges under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Shah and alleged hawala dealer Mohammad Aslam Wani, also in the judicial custody, in the case.
ED told the court that Aslam Wani had come to Delhi from Srinagar after Shah’s directions, both had met in 2003 for the first time.
The ED said that Wani was asked by Shah to work for him on a commission basis in receiving hawala money from Delhi and deliver it to him in Srinagar.
Wani had admitted that he gave Rs 2.25 crore to Shah, following which the ED had lodged a case against Aslam Wani and Shabir Shah in 2007.
On Tuesday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had summoned the wife of separatist leader Shabir Shah for questioning.
Shah’s wife, Dr. Bilques, told media reports that she was grilled for seven hours by the ED for questions that she had replied already. Bilques said she refused to answer those questions whose answers she had already given many times in writing.
Bilques claimed that nothing has been found against Shabir Shah till now, so it is frustrating the ED officers more, because of which they also grilled Shah Saab’s nephew yesterday for 10-12 hours.