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

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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.

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Chhota Shakeel’s brother Anwar Babu Sheikh detained in Dubai

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Mumbai, Dec 15 : The D-company received a major blow as  Gangster Chhota Shakeel’s brother Anwar Shaikh, who is wanted in Mumbai for 1993 Mumbai serials blasts, was arrested from Abu Dhabi Airport on Friday.Chhota Shakeel is considered the trusted right hand of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.

Sheikh, who is wanted in Mumbai and Thane in connection with several offences including the March 1993 Mumbai serials blasts, was detained and questioned by the Dubai Police at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Among other things, Sheikh is wanted for allegedly co-ordinating the Mumbai serial blasts from a location abroad.

After the Mumbai serial blasts red corner notice has been issued against him  and Indian authorities are trying to seek Anwar’s custody.

After search and interrogation, the Dubai Police are understood to have recovered a Pakistani passport from Sheikh, raising questions on his extradition to India.

Both Indian and Pakistani embassies in the UAE are said to be in touch with the Dubai authorities seeking his deportation to their respective countries.

 

Mumbai and Thane police sources said that Sheikh is linked to Pakistan’s ISI and was involved in several terror acts in India before he fled this country.

Earlier this year, Thane Anti Extortion Cell chief Pradeep Sharma had nabbed couple of persons for illegally keeping AK-56 Army assault rifles in their Mumbai suburban home in Goregaon.

 

 

 

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Priority is to eradicate terrorism from J&K: Governor Satya Pal Malik

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Jammu, Dec 15 : Asserting that terrorism prevails in the “minds” and “not in guns”, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik chaired review meeting of security-related issues at Raj Bhavan in Jammu  on Saturday and said his priority is to eliminate terrorists but to eradicate terrorism in the state.

The Governor, who was here as the chief guest at Sarvoday Inter College in Jawli village, said the whole scenario in Jammu and Kashmir is “different” now.

Malik expressed grief over the loss of 7 civilian lives following an encounter in Pulwama today.

” Arrangements will be done for IAS, KAS, NEET, JEE coachings. Additional 1,000 cr will be given for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. In health, we’re giving Rs 100 Crore for equipment & Rs350 cr for building. Rs 300 cr to be given for balancing work in Power,” Malik said.

“Budget doubled for agriculture, horticulture&animal husbandry.For education, we’ve approved a new University in Leh named Ladakh University. 40 new colleges will be established in the state in Rs 250 cr. Benches, desks, drinking water will be provided in all schools,” Governor said.

” Our total budget is of Rs89,000 crore.Deficit is in control.Wasteful expenditure has been stopped. Development Expenditure is highest at approx Rs10,000 crore. We’re giving Rs130 cr to Tourism dept which is an addition to Rs2000 cr from PM’s Development Package,” Governor said.Senior officers of J&K and of Central Police Forces were present in the meeting.

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Kushwaha meets Ahmed Patel, set to join grand alliance

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New Delhi, Dec 15 : Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) leader Upendra Kushwaha met Congress Treasurer Ahmed Patel here on Saturday amid indications that the former’s party will join the grand alliance in Bihar soon.

RLSP spokesperson Madhav Anand told that Patel came to meet Kushwaha at his residence and they discussed political issues concerning Bihar.

He said there was a possibility of Kushwaha also meeting Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the coming days.

Party sources said that an announcement of RLSP joining the grand alliance is expected soon.

Kushwaha had resigned as a Minister in the Narendra Modi government on December 10 and his party had also quit the ruling National Democratic Alliance.

Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress and former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S) are part of the grand alliance in Bihar.

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