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
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
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
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
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
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