Lashkar operative convicted for terror financing, money laundering

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A terrorist of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba has been sentenced to 7 years in jail by a court after being found guilty of money laundering

Bilal Ahmed Quta alias Imran Jalal, who operated from Karnataka, has also been fined Rs 50,000 by the court, they said.

Lashkar operative convicted for terror financing, money laundering

A special PMLA court of Judge Shivshankar Amarannavar pronounced the verdict yesterday.

The case dates back to January, 2007 when the man was arrested with an AK series assault rifle, 200 bullets, five hand grenades and a satellite phone by the Karnataka Police while he was getting down from a bus in Bengaluru.

He was charged with "waging war" against Government of India, possession of arms and explosives and other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Quta was involved in these activities since 2001 and was a member of the LeT, they said

The Enforcement Directorate booked Quta under the criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in 2009, taking cognisance of the police charges and subsequent conviction by a local court.

The central probe agency had also "confiscated" Rs 34,830 funds of Quta under anti-money laudering laws as it identified the money to be meant for terror financing. This is the fourth case of conviction under the PMLA in the country.

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