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A close aide of Kashmir separatist leader Shabir Shah, who is under the custody of Enforcement Directorate, Aslam Wani was arrested by the enforcement body on Sunday days after Delhi court issued an “open-ended” Non-Bailable Warrant (NBW) against him.
According to media reports, Aslam Wani was arrested from Srinagar on Sunday in connection with terror funding case and will be brought to Delhi.
Aslam Wani, close aide of separatist Shabir Shah arrested by ED from Srinagar in connection with terror funding case; will brought to Delhi. pic.twitter.com/K2HcjJNtXv— ANI (@ANI_news) August 6, 2017
Aslam Wani is a close aide of separatist leader Shabir Shah. The ED had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Wani and Shah in 2007. According to ED officials, Wani is evading summons.
The 2007 case came after a special cell in Delhi arrested Wani and recovered a pistol and Rs 62.9 lakh from him. He had allegedly confessed of working for the separatist leader Shabir Shah saying, that he was supposed to deliver him Rs 52.96 Lakh collected from Delhi.
Wani is a Kashmiri trader whose confession is tipped to be a key evidence to prove separatist leader Shabir Shah's role in terror funding in the valley, was acquitted by a Delhi court in 2010 because Delhi Police had failed to prove that the money recovered from him was meant to be used for subversive activities.
The arrest warrant in the case comes as a huge development as Shah’s case is based on Wani’s arrest. Notably, another Delhi court had dismissed the charges of terror funding against Aslam Wani in 2010 citing lack of evidence and charged him only under the Arms Act.