Money laundering case: Court frames charges against Shabir Shah, Wani

New Delhi, Nov 15: A court here on Wednesday framed charges against Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah and  Muhammad Aslam Wani in connection with a money laundering case.

After the accused pleaded not guilty and claimed trial, Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma posted the matter for January 3 in a bid to record statement of the witnesses.

In September, the Enforcement Directorate had filed a chargesheet against Wani and Shah under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Wani, nabbed on August 6, had reportedly confessed that he transferred hawala money amounting to Rs 2.25 crore to Shah.

Shah was arrested on July 25 on charges of money laundering in a case dating back to 2005 when the Delhi Police Special Cell arrested Wani.

In the 2005 case lodged by the Special Cell, the court had acquitted co-accused Wani of the charges of criminal conspiracy and other offences but convicted him under the Arms Act, his defence counsel told the court.

The Enforcement Directorate submitted that conviction under the Arms Act was the trigger point to take action under the PMLA, however, both the accused have denied the charges.

Wefornews Bureau 

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