Court seeks ED response on Wani bail plea

A court here on Tuesday asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file its reply on the bail plea of alleged hawala dealer Muhammad Aslam Wani.

Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma sought the ED’s reply by September 7.

The ED arrested Wani, currently in judicial custody till September 13, on August 6.

Wani had reportedly confessed that he had passed on hawala money amounting to Rs 2.25 crore to Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah. The ED had registered a criminal case against them under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Shah was arrested on July 25 on charges of money laundering in a case dating back to 2005 when Delhi Police Special Cell arrested Wani.

In the 2005 case lodged by the Special Cell, the court had acquitted co-accused Wani of the charges of dealing with criminal conspiracy and other offences but convicted him under the Arms Act, his defence counsel told the court.

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