Thursday, December 1, 2022

Separatist leader Shabir Shah’s wife gets bail in money laundering case

Srinagar: A Delhi court on Friday granted bail to Dr Bilqees Shah, wife of Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah, in a money laundering case related to terror financing.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in its supplementary chargesheet filed last year had named him as a new accused in the case. Shabir Shah is currently in judicial custody in this case.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana granted bail to Dr Bilqees Shah after he appeared in the court on Friday. The court also directed to furnish a bail bond with two sureties of Rs 50,000 each.

The court had issued summons against Dr Bilqees Shah, taking cognizance of the charge sheet in a money laundering case related to terror financing. Advocates MS Khan, Kausar Khan and Ankit Karn appeared on behalf of Bilqees and Shabir Shah in the matter.

Advocate Naveen Kumar Matta, representing the ED, has opposed the bail plea. The ED, in its supplementary chargesheet, said that Dr Bilqees Shah had received an amount of Rs 2.08 crore from Mohammad Aslam Wani (co-accused, presently out on bail) along with Shabbir Ahmed Shah.

Further, the ED said that Mohammad Aslam Wani had admitted in his statements recorded under Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) 2002 that the entire amount was in cash and handed over to Shabbir Ahmed Shah and on three occasions Dr. Bilqees Shah.

“She got this amount knowing full well that her husband has no known source of income and this money cannot be obtained by legal means,” the ED said. (PTK)

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