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Court allows Shabir Shah to appear via video-conferencing due to threat to life

Shah was arrested last month by the ED, a day after several Hurriyat leaders were taken into custody of the National Investigating Agency in a case of alleged terror funding in the valley to fuel unrest.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2017 22:12 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah comes out after he was produced in a Patiala House court in New Delhi on July 26, 2017.(PTI)

A Delhi court on Thursday allowed a plea of Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah seeking his production before it through video conference, apprehending threat to life.

Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma extended the judicial custody of Shah and his co-accused Mohd Aslam Wani till September 13, their advocate M S Khan said.

Shah was earlier denied bail by the court on August 22 after the Enforcement Directorate’s advocate Naveen Kumar Matta said the agency was probing whether he had received money from “enemy countries” like Pakistan to promote terrorism in India.

Shah was arrested last month by the ED, a day after several Hurriyat leaders were taken into custody of the National Investigating Agency (NIA) in a case of alleged terror funding in the valley to fuel unrest.

He was arrested in connection with the August 2005 case in which the Special Cell of Delhi Police had arrested 35-year old Wani, an alleged hawala dealer who is currently in ED custody, claiming that Rs 63 lakh was recovered from Wani, of which Rs 52 lakh was allegedly to be delivered to Shah.

The agency had earlier issued summonses to Shah in the case, the prosecution had said, adding that Wani had claimed he had given Rs 2.25 crore to Shah. Wani was arrested earlier this month.

Investigating agencies such as the NIA had cracked down on Hurriyat leaders, arresting Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son- in-law -- Altaf Ahmed Shah, also known as Altaf Fantoosh -- and six other Kashmiri separatists. PTI UK PKS ARC

First Published: Aug 31, 2017 22:12 IST