ED summons separatist leader Shabbir Shah in hawala case


Majid Jahangir, Srinagar

The Enforcement Directorate has issued fresh summons to the separatist leader and Democratic Freedom Party chief Shabbir Shah  in connection with a hawala case.

Shah is at present in Delhi, where he was detained following his arrival from Srinagar on Saturday for his scheduled meeting with Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz  on 23 August.

The NSA-level talks were subsequently cancelled after Aziz refused to visit India arguing India had imposed too many ‘preconditions.’

The summons have been sent at the south Delhi guest house, where Shah is believed to have been kept after Delhi Police detained him on Saturday. His party spokesman, Zameer Ahmad said that Shah was released in Delhi on Sunday.

Confirming the news of the ED summoning Shah, the party spokesman told jantakareporter.com, ” Yes, we have received summons from the ED this afternoon and we are sending our lawyer on the date of summon. It’s a baseless case. Government uses tricks to pressurise us. Shah Saab had been in Delhi many times in the past one year but they did not issue such summons.”

This is the third attempt by the ED  to serve summons to Shah in a August 2005 case, where Delhi Police’s Special Cell arrested Mohammed Aslam Wani, an alleged hawala dealer, who claimed that he had passed on Rs 2.25 crore to Shah.

ED has also served summons to Wani, who is on bail at present. ED had registered a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act against both Shah and Wani.