Delhi High court grants bail to J& K terror funding accused Zahoor Watali

Delhi High Court
Delhi High Court, File Photo

New Delhi, Sep 13 : The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted bail to Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali, who has been charged with waging war against the nation and one of the 12 accused  in the 2017 Jammu and Kashmir terror-funding case.

He has to furnish a personal bail bond of Rs 2 lakh rupees with two surety of same amount and  submit his passport. He has been lodged in Tihar jail since his arrest on Aug 2017.

The NIA arrested Watali on August 17 last year for his alleged role in a terror-funding case, which also involves Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief and 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, the order of which has been reserved by Delhi High Court.

Watali was questioned by NIA officials regarding incriminating financial transaction details and property-related records seized during the searches on his residence and premises linked to his relatives and employees.

Watali has been accused both by the premier anti-terror probe agency NIA and the Enforcement Directorate (ED)for  mobilising huge sums of money in the guise of foreign remittance from unknown sources in India.

Watali, who is suspected of acting as a conduit for illegally remitting funds to the secessionists, militants and stone-pelters, was earlier arrested in 1990 by the Jammu and Kashmir police when some anti-national activists were found present in his house at Bagat Barzulla, Srinagar.

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