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Separatist leader Shabir Shah sent to judicial custody, seeks bail

By Deepika

Separatist leader Shabir Shah, arrested on charges of money laundering, sought bail on Wednesday after he was remanded to 14 days judicial custody. The court listed the matter for hearing the bail plea of Shah for August 14.

Shabir Shah

"The allegations levelled against him are motivated and based on falsehood and the purpose of getting the accused on remand was only to create evidence against the accused," the bail plea stated.

A Delhi court on Wednesday sent Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah to 14-day judicial custody in a money laundering case for alleged terror financing.

He was arrested from Srinagar on July 25 on charges of money laundering in a case dating back to 2005.

Shah was arrested by the ED a day after several Hurriyat leaders were taken into custody of the National Investigating Agency (NIA) in a case of alleged terror funding in the Valley to fuel unrest.

Shah said he will abide by any condition imposed by the court while granting him bail.

Wani had reportedly confessed that he had passed on hawala money worth Rs 2.25 crore to Shah. The ED had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against them.

The ED arrested Wani on Sunday. He was remanded to custody till August 14.

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.

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