In different money laundering and Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) cases, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued summons for Kashmiri separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Yasin Malik. It may be recalled that the cases were filed many years earlier in 2001 and 2002.
The case against Yasin Malik dates back to 2001. In this case, USD 1 lakh was found in possession of a man named Mushtaq Ahmad Dar and his wife Shazia Rasool. When the police interrogated Dar, he said that he received the money from Nepal-based Altaf Qadri and it was to be given to Yasin Malik. The link between the two could be established, since Qadri works for the All Parties Hurriyat Conference. Based on the information provided by Dar, the police arrested Malik, but he was later released on bail.
The case against Geelani dates back to 2002. The Income Tax authorities had found unaccounted cash USD 10,000 at Geelani’s residence in Hyderpora. Geelani was not able to provide satisfactory answers about the sources of funds, which prompted the I-T department to summon him in 2003. However, Geelani did not appear before the I-T department. The case has since been pending with the ED.