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ED charges separatist leader Shabir Shah with terrorist connections

After arresting separatist leader Shabir Shah in July, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has prepared the charge sheet against him. In the Charge sheet, it has been mentioned that Kashmiri separatist Shabir Shah has been in touch with Pakistan-based terrorist Hafiz Saeed. The charges are based on the 2005 case wherein Shabir was found to be involved in money laundering and using the money to fund terror activities in the Kashmir Valley. The prosecution complaint, which the ED’s equivalent of a charge sheet, has been submitted to the Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma. The charge sheet also mentions the name of alleged hawala dealer Mohammed Aslam Wani. The ED had arrested Wani earlier and he too is currently under judicial custody.

After going through the charge sheet, which runs into a massive 700 pages, the court has ordered the accused to be produced before it on September 27. The charge sheet also lists the details of 19 witnesses related to the case. The ED has mentioned in the charge sheet that Shabir has accepted the fact that he does not have any income source of his own and does not file Income Tax Return (ITR). The ED further mentions that it has evidence to prove that Shabir was on touch with global terrorist and Pakistan-based Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed. His most recent conversations with Saeed took place in January this year. 

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