The Law Enforcement Directorate on Saturday filed an indictment against the banned Indian Popular Front and its three members in a money laundering case linked to alleged terrorism-related activities.
The document is expected to be submitted to the hearing before Special Judge Shailender Malik on November 21.
Besides the PFI, the indictment named Perwez Ahmed, Mohd Ilias and Abdul Muqeet as defendants.
“A new complaint (the equivalent of an indictment) has been filed. It must be checked and registered. Submitted for consideration by the relevant court on November 21, 2022,” said Duty Judge Devender Kumar Jangala .
According to the indictment filed by ED’s Special Prosecutor, NK Matta, the accused Ahmed was the Chairman of the Delhi Unit of the PFI while Mohd Ilias was its General Secretary and Abdul Muqeet was the Bureau Secretary.
The defendants were arrested on September 22 in the case related to the alleged laundering of Rs 120 crore over the years.
The PFI was banned by the Center in late September due to its alleged links to terrorist activities.
The ED filed the case based on an FIR filed by the NIA for alleged terrorism-related activities punishable under the strict Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
In the investigation conducted so far, it has been found that the defendants and other members associated with the said organization have indulged in raising funds through donations, hawala, banking channels, etc. which were used for illegal activities and the commission of offences, the ED said in the final report.
Fake cash donations and bank transfers were also found, according to the indictment, filed through lawyer Mohd Faizan Khan.
He alleged that the transfer of funds was done even from overseas to India through a clandestine channel as part of a conspiracy hatched by PFI leaders over the years.
The report claims that searches were carried out at the premises of the three defendants after the registration of the ECIR in this case on September 22 and that five mobile phones were seized.
The indictment includes the statement of the accused and witnesses recorded during the investigation.
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