ED chargesheets Shabir Shah
The Enforcement Directorate today accused Kashmiri separatist Shabir Shah of having been in touch with Pakistan-based terrorist Hafiz Saeed in a charge sheet filed against him in connection with a 2005 money laundering case for alleged terror financing. The prosecution complaint, the ED’s parlance for a charge sheet, filed before the Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma also names alleged hawala dealer Mohammed Aslam Wani, who is in judicial custody along with Shah.
The court took cognisance of the over 700-page charge sheet and directed the production of the accused before it on September 27. The charge sheet relied upon 19 witnesses, a senior official said. The central probe agency, in the charge sheet filed under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), has furnished Shah’s statements where he has allegedly told the investigators that he has “no source of income of his own” and that he does “not file any Income Tax Return (ITR).