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Hawala terror funding case : Delhi high court rejects Hizbul Mujahideen Chief’s son’s bail plea

The Delhi High Court dismissed the Bail plea of Hizbul Mujahideen’s chief Salahuddin’s son Syed Shahid Yusuf in a hawala terror funding case on Thursday.

Yusuf, a 42-year-old agricultural assistant in central Kashmir’s Budgam was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on October 24th, 2017. The NIA filed a charge sheet against Yusuf in terror funding case on April, 21.

The NIA alleges that Yusuf is linked with banned terror outfits like Hizbul Mujahideen. The case against Yusuf was brought on the information that funds from Pakistan were re-routed to Jammu and Kashmir via Delhi using Hawala channels to aid terror activities.

NIA’s charge-sheet against Yusuf mentions, section 120-B of the IPC and 13, 18, 20, 17, 21, 40 and 38 of the unlawful activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 for willingly collecting ‘terror funds’ to aid the terrorist cause in Jammu and Kashmir.

The NIA in 2011 had arrested a number of persons including one Ghulam Mohd. Bhat with Rs. 21.2 lakhs, NIA believes that Yusuf is one of the contacts of Bhat. Along with Yusuf, six others have been mentioned in the charge-sheet. Yusuf is allegedly involved in collecting funds from a terrorist outfit in Saudi Arabia as well as others NIA believes that Yusuf was carrying out his father Syed Salahuddin’s commands. According to NIA the Hizbul chief’s son has received around 4.5 lakhs so far from eight international wire transfers.

Out of these seven accused, two namely Mohd. Maqbool Pandit and Aijaz Ahmed Bhat are absconding. Three accused people namely Mohammad Sidiq Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo, and Farooq Ahmad Dagga have already pleaded guilty.

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