Srinagar, July 25: The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday night arrested Separatist leader and Chief of Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Shah. The action by the enforcement directorate came in the wake of a decade old money laundering case registered in Delhi. Shah became the eighth separatist leader to get arrested on the second consecutive day.Also Read - Mehul Choksi Gets Bail by Dominican Supreme Court, Can Travel Back to Antigua
As per Directorate, Shah allegedly received Rs. 2.25 by Mohammad Aslam Wani, a hawala operator arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell in 2005. The agency issued several notices to Shah to appear before the court but repeated failures led to arrest on Tuesday. Officials said Shah was arrested in Srinagar and is expected to be brought to Delhi on Wednesday. He would be produced in a court. The ED had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Shah and Wani. However, Shah had told the case was politically motivated against him. Also Read - Yami Gautam Summoned by ED For Allegedly Violating Foreign Exchange Management Act
Shah’s arrest comes after arrest of seven Separatist leaders including son-in-law of Veteran leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday. The National Investigation Agency had said the leaders allegedly accepted money from Pakistani agencies to instigate violence in the valley. Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Khan and Farooq Ahmed Dar were arrested and brought to Delhi where a Delhi Court sent them to 10 days remand to NIA. Also Read - PNB Loan Case: Nirav Modi's Sister Remitted Rs 17.25 Crore From UK Account To Indian Govt, Says ED
Altaf Shah, the son-in-law of hardline separatist leader Geelani, was in the custody of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, who had put him under preventive detention immediately after the festival of Eid earlier this month.
Geelani’s close aides Tehreek-e-Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar and Peer Saifullah were arrested by the NIA from the Valley.
Shahid-ul-Islam is the spokesman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq.
The NIA told the court that the accused were to be confronted with each other and with other incriminating evidence.
Protesting against the arrest, Syed Ali Geelani and other leaders gave a call for Kashmir Bandh on Tuesday across the valley which received mixed response from the residents.