Charges framed against Siddique Kappan in PMLA case | India News

LUCKY: A special court in the capital UP brought charges on Wednesday against the Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan and six of his associates in a lawsuit filed by the Director of Enforcement (ED) for alleged violations of the Anti-Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Lawyer Kuldeep Srivastava, who represents ED, told TOI that all seven defendants have been charged under sections 3 and 4 of the law, which stipulates a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh. The prosecution will present witnesses in the trial from December 17.
In addition to Kappan, the ED is investigating the financial transactions of several officials and members of the banned Popular Front of India (PFI) and its student wing, the University Front of India. The journalist’s alleged accomplices are Ateequr Rehman, Masood Ahmed, Rauf ShareefAbdul Razzaq, Ashraf Qadir and Mohammed Alam.
According to the ED’s allegation, Shereef allegedly received almost Rs 1.4 crore from PFI members based in Oman and Qatar, and transferred the money to the bank accounts of his four accomplices. . All five of them bought land and vehicles with allegedly illicit money. Masood is said to have visited Hathras in one of these cars to take part in a protest against the gang rape of a Dalit girl there.
The persecution of PFI bureau chiefs and members began with the arrest of four of them in Mathura, en route to Hathras. The quartet were charged under the strict Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act, which claimed that they were out to disrupt the peace by inciting a common passion. The Supreme Court granted bail for Kappan in the UAPA case, but he remains in prison for his alleged involvement in money laundering. In October, a local court in Lucknow denied his request for bail.


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