Jammu & Kashmir

GoI’s income tax department seizes Syed Ali Geelani’s New Delhi property for ‘failing to pay taxes’

Srinagar: The Government of India has ordered attachment of Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Malviya Nagar flat in New Delhi, for ‘failing to pay taxes’

“Whereas you have failed to pay the sum of Rs. 3,62,160 under the income tax act… it is ordered that you are hereby, prohibited and restrained, until the further order of the undersigned, from transferring or charging the mentioned property,” reads the order.

The order was passed by the IT department on March 29 that restrained Geelani from transferring, charging mentioned property. The order reads that the move has been taken as he has failed to ‘pay the sum of 3,62, 62, 160 for the AY 1996-97 to 2001-02’.

Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had levied a penalty of Rs 14.40 lakh and ordered confiscation of nearly Rs 6.8 lakh in connection with a FEMA case against Geelani.

Reports had said that ED would also impose a penalty and confiscate the ‘illegal acquisition of foreign exchange recovered from Yasin Malik’, Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.

The development comes after Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s had been summoned by the National Investigation Agency. However, Mirwaiz in his written reply according to his legal counsel had said ‘it was unwise for his client to travel to Delhi under the prevailing conditions of hostility wherein there is a threat to the personal safety of my client.’

Earlier, Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani had said that if NIA wants to question anyone, they can do it in the valley itself.

Under and alleged ‘terror funding case’ the National Investigating Agency (NIA) has arrested and questioned many Hurriyat leaders, Businessmen and Journalists, and a lawmaker.

In September, Independent Jammu and Kashmir MLA, Sheikh Abdul Rasheed, popularly known as Engineer Rasheed, was summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), for questioning.

In October, United Jihad Council Chief Syed Salahuddin’s son Shahid Yousuf was sent to a seven day NIA custody by a court in New Delhi. Yousuf was arrested by the NIA and being accused of receiving money from his father in 2011.

On November 1, judicial remand of Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Asiya Andrabi, its secretary general Nahida Nasreen and its spokesperson Fahmeeda Sofi which ended was extended.

NIA has also raided the house of a prominent businessman in Lal Bazaar area of  Srinagar.

The alleged terror funding case involves Altaf Ahmad Shah, alias Altaf Fantosh, son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali and photojournalist Kamran Yusuf along with nine other accused.

Kamran Yousuf has been given bail, along with one other accused, Javed Bhat, due to lack of evidences.


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