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Delhi riots: ED books Tahir Hussain, PFI for money laundering

Suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain (C) leaving from Sunlight Police Station for Karkardooma Court in New Delhi on Friday.

Suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain (C) leaving from Sunlight Police Station for Karkardooma Court in New Delhi on Friday.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Officials said the agency has taken cognisance of a clutch of FIRs filed by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch over purported sponsoring of the communal riots that killed over 50 people.

The Enforcement Directorate has booked suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain, Islamist group Popular Front of India (PFI) and some others on charges of money laundering and alleged funding of last month’s communal riots in northeast Delhi, officials said on Wednesday.

They said the central probe agency has filed a criminal case against Hussain, facing charges of killing an Intelligence Bureau official during the riots, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Similar charges have been pressed against the PFI, which is already facing a separate PMLA probe for allegedly fuelling protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in various parts of the country.

There was no immediate comment from PFI.

The ED is expected to seek Hussain’s custody to question him in the case. He is in the custody of Delhi Police at present.

The officials said the federal agency has taken cognisance of a clutch of FIRs filed by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch to probe the alleged money laundering and routing of illegal funds by Hussain, PFI and others to purportedly sponsor the communal riots which claimed 53 lives and injured over 200.

Hussain, an AAP corporator for ward number 59 under the Mustafabad assembly seat in Delhi, was booked by the police in the murder case of IB staffer Ankit Sharma in northeast Delhi amid the violence over the new citizenship law.

The family of Sharma (26), found dead in a drain near his home in riot-hit Chand Bagh area, has accused Hussain of being behind the killing.

The corporator had said he was falsely implicated in the case and had denied wrongdoing.

In the case of PFI, the organisation was already being probed by the ED for allegedly routing about ₹120 crore to fuel anti-CAA riots in the country and the agency has questioned about half-a-dozen of its office-bearers over the last fortnight.

This case is being probed as part of a 2018 ECIR (enforcement case information report), equivalent of a police FIR, against the PFI and some associated organisations.

The Islamist organisation had denied any wrongdoing in this case, saying their financial transactions were transparent.

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