A Delhi Court on Saturday issued fresh arrest warrants against 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed in a terror funding case against him.
Special NIA Judge Praveen Singh issued fresh arrest warrant against Saeed and also issued non bailable warrants (NBWs) against Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali, separatist leader Altaf Ahmad Shah alias Funtoosh and businessman and Dubai based businessman Naval Kishore Kapoor.
The warrants were issued while the court was taking cognisance of a fresh charge sheet filed by economic watchdogs Enforcement Directorate.
The court passed the direction while taking cognisance of a Enforcement Directorate’s money laundering charge sheet in the matter.
The judge also issued summons to the representatives of Watali’s company M/s Trison Farms and Construction Pvt Ltd, which has also been arrayed as accused in the matter.
While the matter was taken up for hearing, Special Public prosecutor Nitesh Rana appearing for the economic watchdogs argued before the court that Saeed along with the other accused persons hatched a criminal conspiracy to carry out subversive and secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.
He further argued that the same was being done to establish a network of Pakistan funded cadres for whom the funds were being arranged through hawala channel.
The ED had filed a case based on an NIA matter against Saeed, Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin and others for “conspiring to wage war against the government” and fomenting trouble in the Kashmir Valley.
Several separatist leaders, including Shabbir Shah, Masrat Alam and Asiya Andrabi, are also in judicial custody in connection with the Jammu and Kashmir terror funding case filed by the NIA.
The agency said that terror outfits active in Pakistan like the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizbul Mujahideen, along with ISI, had provided funds to separatist leaders to foment trouble in the valley.
-India Legal Bureau