ED files charge sheet against Bilquis Shah in ‘money laundering case’ filed in 2005

Srinagar: The Enforcement Directorate has made Kashmiri pro-freedom leader Shabir Shah’s wife Bilquis Shah an accused in a 2005 case of money laundering for allegedly “helping militants financially”.

Enforcement Directorate has also mentioned Mohammad Aslam Wani, for allegedly collecting hawala money from Delhi and delivering it to Shabir Shah at Srinagar.

The probe agency named Bilquis Shah as an accused in its supplementary charge sheet filed in the case on Wednesday.

According to reports, Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana will take up the matter on November 10.

In its charge sheet filed by ED’s special public prosecutors N K Matta and Rajeev Awasthi, the agency said that there was sufficient evidence against Bilquis.

The charge sheet has been filed under sections 3 and 4 Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The ED had earlier filed a charge sheet against Shabir Shah and Aslam Wani.

Wani, according to the charge sheet, was asked by Shah to work for him in collecting hawala money from Delhi and deliver to him at Srinagar, reports claimed.

The case dates back to August 2005 in which Delhi Police’s Special Cell had earlier arrested Wani.

Reports added that Wani had then claimed that he had given Rs 2.25 crore to Shah, following which the ED had registered a criminal case under PMLA against the two in 2007.


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