Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Ahmed Shah has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate for questioning in connection with a decade-old case of terror financing through ‘hawala channel’.
Shah, chairman of the Democratic Freedom Party of Jammu and Kashmir, has been summoned for March 24, official sources said.
The case relates to August 2005 of Delhi Police’s Special Cell when they arrested Mohammed Aslam Wani, an alleged hawala dealer, who had claimed that he had passed on Rs 2.25 crore to Shah.
When contacted, Shah, who has denied these charges earlier, said that he was not aware of any summons.
Wani, who is out on a bail at present, has also been summoned by the ED, which registered a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against him.
Wani was arrested with Rs 63 lakh received through ‘hawala’ channels from the Middle East and a large amount of ammunition on August 26, 2005. During questioning, he had claimed that Rs 50 lakh was to be delivered to Shah and `10 lakh to the Jaish-e-Mohammad ‘area commander’ in Srinagar Abu Baqar while the rest of the money was to be his commission.
Wani, 35, who hailed from Srinagar, also claimed that he had delivered about `2.25 crore to Shah and his kin in several instalments over the past year.
He used to run a computer shop with his brother-in-law Feroz Mattoo amd had come in contact with Shah early in 2004 when he had sold him a computer, police had said.