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

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday issued a non-bailable warrant to separatist leader Shabir Shah under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) act for receiving illegal foreign exchange.

According to a report, the agency had moved an application for a non-bailable warrant against Shah on June 9 and the Delhi Court issued it on June 22. The ED called Shah seven times for questioning but he did not turn up on one pretext or the other.

“Since he is not cooperating, we had no option but to move court for a non-bailable warrant,” an ED official said.

Shah has been accused of receiving money from Pakistan through hawala channels.

Earlier, the Delhi Police had in 2005 filed a case against him following the arrest of Mohammed Aslam Wani (35), an alleged hawala dealer, who claimed that he has passed on Rs 2.25 crore to Shah. Wani was arrested with Rs 63 lakh, allegedly received through hawala channels from the Middle East, and a large cache of ammunition on August 26, 2005.

Last month, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had also conducted raids at various separatists leader’s residences in the Valley, over funds being received from Pakistan for terror activities.

The NIA first registered FIRs against separatists like Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Hafiz Saeed. The raids were conducted at fourteen locations in Srinagar and eight in Delhi, and the locations belonged to suspected hawala traders.

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