After the India Today expose on how separatist leaders are fueling unrest in the Kashmir Valley by taking funds from Pakistan, the Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested Shabir Shah, founder and president of the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP).
Shabir Shah was arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday night on charges of money laundering. He will be handed over to the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday.
Sources said the NIA (National Investigation Agency) too will question him once he is brought to Delhi.
The ED had issued fresh summons to Shabir Shah in connection with money laundering case related to terror financing.
The central probe agency has issued several summons to Shah over the last few years in pursuance of the August 2005 case wherein the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had arrested Mohammed Aslam Wani (35), an alleged hawala dealer, who had claimed that he had passed on Rs 2.25 crore to Shah.
The ED had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Shah and Wani.
In May, the NIA had visited Srinagar to probe into the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned separatist leaders regarding their involvement in raising, collecting and transferring funds through Hawala and other channels for terror funding in Kashmir.
Hurriyat leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani are already under house arrest while Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik is also under arrest