Rs 120 crore in bank deposits from PFIs and related entities: ED

Hours after arresting Muhammed Shafeeque Payeth, a Popular Front of India leader, from Kozhikode in Kerala, the Law Enforcement Directorate told a special PMLA court in Lucknow that investigations revealed that Rs 120 crore, mostly in cash, had been deposited over the years in accounts of PFIs and related entities and these organizations had raised funds for illegal activities.

In his request for dismissal, the ED told the court that the defendant even planned to form a terrorist gang with the intention of causing trouble during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Patna on July 12 this year. .

In the Request for Referral, the Investigator stated that the ED conducted an investigation against the PFI, its related persons/entities under the PMLA based on cases registered by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other law enforcement agencies.

“Payeth was arrested at 5:35 a.m. on September 22 at his apartment in Kozhikode. These underlying agency cases relate to illegal activities carried out by PFI and its related individuals/organizations to engage in a criminal conspiracy with intent to disturb community harmony, sow terror, incite riots communities, to train their cadres in the use of explosives and weapons. , form a terrorist gang and collect deadly weapons and explosive devices to simultaneously launch attacks against many important people and sensitive places,” the OI said.

“Their investigation under PMLA has so far revealed that over Rs 120 crore has been deposited in the accounts of PFIs and related entities over the years, and a very large portion of this has been deposited in species. Investigations have further established that the criminal conspiracy of the PFI in raising/raising funds through unknown and suspicious sources within the country as well as abroad,” the OI said.

“The subsequent transfer, layering, and integration of these funds for event use in their ongoing illegal activities over time, which include, but are not limited to, inciting violence and fomenting unrest leading to the Delhi riots of February 2020, the visit of PFI/CFI members to Hathras with the intention of disturbing communal harmony, inciting communal riots and spreading terror, planning the formation of a gang terrorist – collecting deadly weapons and explosive devices to simultaneously launch attacks against many important people and sensitive places in Uttar Pradesh with the intention of undermining the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the nation and disturb communal harmony, the organization of a training camp with the aim of causing trouble during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Patna, the preparation, printing and possession of literate incriminating ure likely to threaten the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the nation,” the request reads.

The OI also mentioned the visit of PFI and CFI members to Hathras in UP with the intention of disturbing communal harmony and inciting communal riots. “In the Hathras case, which was investigated as part of the PMLA’s ongoing investigation into PFI and related persons, the investigation revealed that KA Rauf Sherif, a member of PFI and National General Secretary of CFI, had entered into a criminal conspiracy with PFI. / Overseas CFI members to fraudulently transfer Rs 1.36 crore from overseas under the guise of payments related to international trade in goods,” the OI.

“Rauf revealed that Payeth was a member of the PFI in Qatar and that funds were transferred by him (Payeth), which were received by Rauf and his associates. Four associates, including Delhi-based journalist Siddique Kappan, of Rauf were on their way to Hathras to disturb communal harmony and they were arrested by UP police,” the OI said.

Launching a multi-agency operation led by the NIA, law enforcement conducted nationwide searches on Thursday and arrested more than 100 PFI employees, including its chairman OMA Salam, for their alleged support of terrorist activities. Officials said the searches were conducted almost simultaneously in 15 states by the NIA, the Directorate of Law Enforcement and state police forces.

In a request for remand to a special court of the NIA in Kerala for the custody of Karamana Ashraf Moulavi, national head of the education wing of the PFI and others, the NIA said that the PFI, its members of the office, its members and affiliates in Kerala have conspired to engage in illegal activities by encouraging vulnerable youths to join terrorist organizations including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS)/Daesh and Al-Qaeda, and also conspired to establish the Islamic regime in India by committing acts of terrorism in violent jihad.

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The case is being investigated by the Kochi branch of the NIA. “PFI also spreads disaffection against India by misinterpreting government policies to a particular section of the population to create hatred against the state and its workings. After search warrants were obtained, searches were conducted at PFI’s living quarters and offices. During the raids, various articles/documents, including a list targeting prominent leaders of a particular community,” the app reads.

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