Certain Popular Front of India members primarily based overseas have been discovered to be sending funds to their NRI accounts in India and subsequently transferring them to the leaders of the radical Islamic organisation in order to evade the overseas funding regulation regulation, the Enforcement Directorate mentioned on Friday, a day after countrywide raids towards the outfit.
The federal company on Thursday arrested 4 members of the Popular Front of India through the raids, led by the National Investigation Agency.
The individuals nabbed have been recognized as Perwez Ahmed, Mohd Ilias and Abdul Muqeet (arrested from Delhi) and Shafeeque Payeth who was taken into custody by the ED from Kerala.
More than 100 PFI members have been arrested through the multi-agency operation that additionally concerned numerous state police forces and their anti-terrorist models.
The ED, which is probing PFI, its office-bearers and members since 2018, has additionally filed a recent grievance taking cognisance of a National Investigation Agency FIR filed in April towards the PFI for allegedly committing terrorist acts in numerous components of the nation, selling enmity amongst completely different teams and radicalising Muslim youths to affix banned terrorist organisations just like the ISIS.
The ED alleged funds collected by the PFI overseas “are remitted to India via hawala/underground channels and thru remittances despatched to the accounts of members/activists/workplace bearers of PFI/CFI and different associated organisations.”
The company mentioned the funds obtained from overseas are “hid” from authorities businesses and compliance for assortment of such funds and donations was not executed by PFI as they don’t seem to be a registered entity beneath the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.
It alleged Payeth, who was earlier primarily based in Qatar, allegedly undertook the identical modus operandi and transferred funds from overseas to his NRI account in India and later made funds switch to PFI member Rauf Sherif (Rs 21 lakh) and Rs 16 lakh to a linked organisation referred to as the Rehab India Foundation.
Payeth’s premises in Kerala’s Kannur district have been raided by the ED in December final yr and he was additionally questioned by the company as a part of summons issued to him earlier.
While PFI treasurer P Koya advised the company earlier that they’ve by no means obtained overseas funds and the organisation has no coverage to get donations from overseas, the ED seized paperwork in 2020 that confirmed that the PFI has been “elevating and gathering substantial funds from overseas in a effectively organised and structured method.”
The PFI, after Thursday’s swoop of the businesses, had mentioned the claims of the probe businesses towards it have been “baseless and sensationalist and have been solely aimed toward creating an environment of terror.”
The ED has been investigating the PFI’s alleged “monetary hyperlinks” on expenses of fuelling the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests, the Delhi riots of February, 2020, and the “conspiracy” within the alleged gangrape and loss of life of a Dalit lady in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras and some different situations.
It mentioned the PFI and its associated entities bought greater than Rs 120 crore funds, largely in money, through the years.
The organisation was shaped in 2006 in Kerala and is headquartered in Delhi. The ED has filed two chargesheets towards PFI and its workplace bearers earlier than a particular PMLA court docket in Lucknow.
In February final yr, the ED has filed its first chargesheet towards the PFI and its scholar wing Campus Front of India on cash laundering expenses claiming its members wished to “incite communal riots and unfold terror” within the aftermath of the alleged Hathras gang rape case of 2020.