Kashmir separatist Shabir Shah remanded to one-day police custody

A Delhi court on Wednesday granted one more day to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to interrogate Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah in connection with a decade-old case of money laundering for alleged terror financing.

While passing the order, Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Pandit did not agree with the agency's plea seeking seven more days' custody of Shah on the ground that it needed to unearth the larger conspiracy.

A DPF leader told KNS that Shah was today produced by ED in the Patiala House Court in New Delhi after his seven day custody ended today.

The leaders were arrested by NIA from Srinagar on July 24 for "creating" unrest by "taking money" from Pakistan and other hawala channels.

From the investigation it has been revealed that Shah has been in continuous contact with elements residing in Pakistan, in the garb of the Kashmir issue, the ED stated.

While seeking extension of Shah's custody, Public Prosecutor Rajeev Awasthi told the court that the global ramification of the financial involvement is to be unearthed.

"The worldwide contacts of Pakistan, Dubai and England from the mobile call details records have to be ascertained for their role in anti-national activities along with the terror funding into India through hawala channels", the agency said.

"The source of hawala transfers and further dissemination of the funds have to be ascertained". Delhi police had claimed that Wani was arrested along with Rs 63 lakh out of which Rs 50 lakh were to be delivered to Shah.

Shah is the founding chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), which is a part of the separatist amalgam Hurriyat Conference led by hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

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