Court allows ED one week police custody of three office bearers of Delhi unit PFI IG News

New Delhi: A court here has allowed the Enforcement Directorate seven days’ custody to three functionaries of the Popular Front of India’s (PFI) Delhi unit for their alleged role in money laundering in the guise of cash donation.

The court was hearing the ED’s application in which three accused- Parvez Ahmed, PFI Delhi president, Mohd. Ilyas, general secretary of the Delhi unit and its office secretary Abdul Muqeet.

After considering the requests and going through the records of the investigations conducted so far, I have found that the investigation is at a very preliminary stage and all efforts are being made regarding the details of receiving the cash donation, its purpose and its implementation. Special Judge (NIA) Shailendra Malik, in an order dated September 23, said that the money used as well as its source should be thoroughly investigated.

Therefore, keeping in view the complete circumstances and facts, the custody of the accused persons is handed over to the ED for police remand of one week with the direction to conduct pre-medical examination of each accused person.

The agency had arrested the accused last Thursday.

In its submission before the court, the agency said that the accused along with other members of PFI collected money through donations, hawala, banking channels etc. and used the money for illegal activities and commission of scheduled offences.

According to the ED’s remand paper, for years, funds transfer from abroad was being done through a secret or illegal channel as part of a conspiracy hatched by PFI office-bearers.

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