Shabbir Shah fuelled unrest in Kashmir: ED tells court

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) told a Delhi court that pro-freedom leader Shabbir Shah was involved in generation of huge proceeds of crime from Pakistan and other countries to create unrest in Kashmir, Press Trust of India reported.

The ED made the submissions before Special Judge Dharmender Rana while opposing his bail application in a money laundering case which was adjourned for 29 June.

The agency told the court that Shah amassed huge wealth in the form of immovable and movable properties. “Shabbir Shah was also involved in terror-financing activities as terrorists need money to sustain themselves and to carry out terrorist acts,” the agency said.

The ED said that Shah was in regular touch with Hafiz Sayeed, chief of banned militant outfit Jamat-Ud-Dawa (JuD), based in Pakistan. “Shah was also in touch with one Mohd Shafi Shayar, who belongs to Kashmir and had escaped to Pakistan along with his family after his release from the Jammu Central Jail,” it said.

The agency claimed that there were serious allegations against the applicant and further investigation in the matter was going on and the properties are being identified. “If the applicant accused is released on bail at this juncture the entire efforts of the respondents to unearth the large conspiracy would be a futile exercise,” it added.

According to the prosecution, in August 2005 case, the special cell of Delhi police had arrested one Ahmed Wani, an alleged hawala dealer, claiming that Rs 63 lakh were recovered from Wani, of which Rs 52 lakh was to be delivered to Shah.

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