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PFI raised substantial funds to organise terror camps in Kerala:ED

PFI raised substantial funds to organise terror camps in Kerala:ED
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Kochi, Jan 5 (PTI) The Enforcement Directorate, probing

the money laundering probe against the Popular Front of India

(PFI), on Tuesday alleged the Kerala-based outfit had raised

substantial funds to organise terrorist training camps in

Kerala.

The ED said this in a statement filed in a

Special Court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act cases

here, opposing the bail plea filed by PFI''s student wing

leader K A Rauf Sharif, arrested in connection with the money

laundering probe.

In the statement, the ED said it had taken up a

case after a charge-sheet filed by NIA in a special NIA court

here in 2013 stated that a group of PFI/SDPI activists entered

into criminal conspiracy to impart training to their cadres in

use of explosives and weapons and organised a terror camp at

Narath in Kannur district.

It was organised with an intention to promote enmity

between different religions, prepare them for terrorist

activites, and thereby committed acts endangering the unity

and integrity of the nation, the charge-sheet said.

"Since PFI has raised substantial funds to

organise terrorist training camps, its related activities and

to disturb communal harmony...during the course of

investigation, details of numerous bank accounts of PFI and

related entities were obtained and their bank statements were

analysed," the ED said.

"Statements of various functionaries of PFI and

related entities were also recorded during the course of

investigation," it said.

Opposing the bail plea of Sharif, the ED

alleged that the foreign remittances received by Sharif were

of a highly suspicious nature and appear to have been routed

to his account disguised as payments related to international

trade.

The agency said documents and digital devices

were seized during the recent search operations conducted at

the offices of the PFI and at the residences of its

office-bearers across India reveal that the outfit has been

collecting huge amounts of funds abroad.

"Since these foreign funds are not reflected

in the bank accounts of PFI, it is evident that same have been

remitted to them through hawala/underground channels.Further,

statutory compliance for collection of funds abroad and their

remittance to India have not been done by PFI."

"It is evident that PFI and its associated

organisations like Campus Front of India (CFI), of which

Sharif is the national general secretary, have been

continuously involved in the offence of money laundering and

have been using the proceeds of crime for committing unlawful

activities across India," the agency said.

The agency submitted that the judicial custody

of Sharif during this crucial phase of investigation was

imperative as he may try to influence witnesses and tamper

with/destroy material evidence if he is released on bail.

The agency alleged that Sharif had transferred

funds to one Ateeq Ur Rehman arrested by Uttar Pradesh Police

along with three other persons including a journalist from

Kerala, who were travelling to Hathras in the wake of rape and

murder of a Dalit girl late last year, "to disturb social

harmony and to incite communal riots."

"Further, there is huge withdrawal of cash from

the accounts of the accused which is suspicious in nature," it

said.

Last month, the ED had filed an affidavit in

the court claiming that its investigation in the case so far

revealed that the PFI has received more than Rs 100 crore in

its bank accounts over the years.

The PFI has also been involved in various cases

in the past in which public order was disturbed and various

offences of grave nature were committed by the members of the

organisations, it had said in the affidavit.

Dismissing the allegations as baseless, Popular

Front of India national secretary Nasarudheen Elamaram on

Tuesday alleged the ED was being used as a tool by the

BJP-led government at the Centre to corner their political

opponents.

In a statement issued on December 26, the PFI

had said the fund received in its bank accounts were donations

from the public, which is open before the agencies and

accounted everything to the penny.PTI TGB BN

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