India: Politician arrested at Kerala airport in money laundering case – News

The Law Enforcement Directorate says the PFI leader was ‘trying to flee the country’



By ANI

Published: Sat 12 Mar 2022, 6:19 PM

Last update: Sat 12 Mar 2022, 6:25 PM

The Law Enforcement Directorate arrested a PFI member from Kozhikode Airport in Kerala as he was ‘trying to flee the country’ as the agency questioned him in a money laundering case linked to the alleged collection of foreign funds for “anti-national” activities, according to official sources. Saturday.

Airport immigration authorities had intercepted Abdul Razzak BP, a division chairman of the Perumpadappu unit of the Indian Popular Front in Malappuram, on March 9, acting on a surveillance circular from the Directorate of Enforcement the law (LOC) issued against him.

“He was deliberately misinformed by the ER officer to make him a scapegoat to arrest him. ED’s deceptive act is highly condemnable and shines a light on ED’s modus operandi” , PFI Kerala State Chairman, CP Muhammed Basheer, said in a statement.

The next day, the agency brought him before a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Lucknow, which remanded him to seven days in ER detention, officials said. of the agency.

Premises linked to Razzak and others were searched by the Federal Investigations Agency in December last year and “incriminating documents were seized”.

Razzak was accused by the ED of “raising funds overseas as well as domestically for PFI’s anti-national activities”.

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The PFI called the arrest “unlawful and ill-motivated”.

“Even after appearing before ED for five days for questioning and cooperating with the investigation, officials issued the LOC with an ulterior motive and did not clear his LOC after the investigation against him was completed.”

“He was deliberately misinformed by the ER officer to make him a scapegoat to arrest him. ED’s deceptive act is highly condemnable and shines a light on ED’s modus operandi” , PFI Kerala State Chairman, CP Muhammed Basheer, said in a statement.

After the December raids, the ED had issued a statement saying that the seized documents “indicate money laundering activities of PFI through various projects in Kerala, including the Munnar Villa Vista project which is being built by PFI leaders to launder the proceeds of crime generated in India and abroad.

“The acquisition of foreign properties by PFI executives, including a bar and restaurant in Abu Dhabi, has come to the attention of Management (ED), which is under investigation,” it said. he declares.

The organization was established in 2006 in Kerala and has its headquarters in Delhi.

The ED investigated the alleged “financial links” of the PFI for fueling the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests in the country, the Delhi riots that took place in February 2020 and a few other cases.

Furthermore, her role in an alleged illegal fundraising to “disrupt community harmony and incite riots” after the alleged gang rape and death of a Dalit woman in 2020 in Hathras in Uttar Pradesh is under scrutiny. the agency’s scanner.

The ED had filed an indictment in the case in a court in Lucknow in February last year.

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