Alleged ‘terror funding case’: NIA to file chargesheet next week

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) told a court in New Delhi that they will file a chargesheet in the alleged terror funding case against Hurriyat leaders and businessmen next week.

The court extended the judicial custody of seven Hurriyat leaders and businessman Zahoor Ahmed Shah Watali till January 18.

According to court sources, during the in-camera proceedings, the NIA told Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sherawat that the final report in the case will be filed next week.

“The investigation of the case is at concluding stage and the evidence on record is being summed up,” NIA said.

The agency had requested the court to extend the custody of the accused for another week. The eight have been charged with receiving funds from across the border to ‘fuel unrest’ in Jammu and Kashmir.

On July 24 last year, NIA arrested seven Hurriyat leaders Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah — on charges of criminal conspiracy and waging war against India.

Businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, accused of acting as an alleged conduit for channelling funds in the Kashmir Valley, was arrested on August 17 last year.

Islam is a close aide of Hurriyat (M) chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Khandey is the spokesperson for the Geelani-led Hurriyat.

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