Shabir Shah’s trial begins in Delhi court

Enforcement Directorate Official Records Statement Before Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma

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New Delhi, Publish Date: Jan 17 2018 12:19AM | Updated Date: Jan 17 2018 12:19AM
Shabir Shah’s trial begins in Delhi court

The trial of Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah in an alleged money laundering case began in a court here on Tuesday.

Testifying as a prosecution witness, Enforcement Directorate (ED) official Ajay Kumar got recorded his statement before Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma.

The court fixed February 26 for recording of statement of another prosecution witnesses.

As Shah had moved a bail application, the court asked the ED to file its response by January 29.

The Enforcement Directorate had in September last year filed a charge sheet against Muhammad Aslam and Shah under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Shah was arrested on July 25, 2017, on charge of money laundering in the case dating back to 2005 when the Delhi Police Special Cell arrested Wani.

The Enforcement Directorate had submitted that the conviction under the Arms Act was the trigger point to take action under the PMLA. Both have denied the charges.

The court had framed charges under Sections 3 and 4 of the PMLA act against both accused.

Defence counsel M.S. Khan had claimed innocence of his clients who he claimed were falsely implicated.

Meanwhile, Shah's wife Bilquies Shah also moved an application before the court through the defence lawyer and claimed that her husband was suffering from various ailments and was on regular medicine for last six years.

She alleged that Shah was facing difficulty in getting those medicines inside the jail and was now also suffering from sudden loss of consciousness.

"My husband had similar fainting attacks in Tihar Jail. Repeated requests were made to the jail authorities but no steps were taken in this regard. This is a clear indication of slow poisoning of my husband by the jail authorities," she told the court in her application. IANS/PTI