The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Mohammad Aslam Wani, aide to APHC General Secretary Shabbir Ahmad Shah in connection with a decade-old fake case.
According to media sources, an ED official in New Delhi said that Wani was arrested in Srinagar. The official said that Wani, 36, would be brought to New Delhi and would be produced before a special judge in Delhi for his further custody. Shabbir Shah, now in ED custody, was similarly arrested by the agency from Srinagar on July 26. The ED action against the two is in pursuance of an August 2005 case wherein the Delhi Police had arrested Wani. In 2010, a Delhi court cleared Wani, but the ED had registered a criminal case against Shah and Wani. Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate questioned the wife of Shabbir Ahmad Shah in New Delhi when she had gone to meet her husband and summoned her to bring the property statement to ED office on August 11. Bilquees Shah, wife of Shabbir Shah, told media, “I was questioned by ED officials for about four hours. The ED officials took a written statement from me about my life, marriage, studies and my profession,” Bilquees Shah, who is a medical doctor, said. “Initially, I did not accept the ED officials for questioning me while I was meeting my husband, but they compelled me for replying to their questions,” she said, adding, that she told them she was a doctor. On the other hand, vice President of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, expressed grave concern over the detention of Party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah. He urged the UN Secretary General and other world human rights organizations to take notice of the inhuman treatment meted out to Shah. In a letter addressed to the OIC and UN Secretary General, Saghar said, “Shah is suffering from multiple ailments and has been held in lock up in Delhi, where conditions are inhuman and highly degrading.”