New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached properties worth over Rs 6 crore belonging to Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmed Watali in connection with the terror funding case.
ED has alleged that through Watali, Pakistan and terror groups based there funded separatists leaders in Kashmir.
“ED has attached property worth Rs 6.19 crore belonging to Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali and his family members under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, in the ongoing investigations in terror financing case against Hafiz Muhammad Saeed (founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa), Mohd. Yusuf Shah alias Salahuddin (head of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen) and others,” a statement by the agency said.
The properties include plots of land at Sozeith Goripora, Narbal and Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir.
This is the second attachment that ED has made of Watali’s properties in the case. Last month, it had attached a property worth over Rs 1 crore in Gurugram.
ED had said that over Rs 7 crore had been generated as proceeds of crime by Watali through terror funding. With this latest attachment, now ED has accounted for all the money that it claims to have established as terror funds.
The agency has claimed that funding from the Pakistan High Commission was substantiated through a document seized during searches at the residence of Ghulam Mohd Bhatt, who worked as the cashier-cum-accountant with Watali.
An ED statement said that the document was maintained in the regular course of Watali’s business and was signed by him. “…His signature on the questioned document matches with his specimen handwriting as well as his admitted handwriting,” the statement said.
In its charge sheet filed in a special court in February last year, the NIA cited a diary, recovered from the office of Watali, as key evidence. The diary had entries of receipt of several lakh rupees against the name of Hafiz Saeed, mentioned in brackets.