ED registers money laundering case against PFI

The ED will probe the suspected role of PFI in terror funding and possible creation of assets using "tainted" funds.

Days after BJP chief Amit Shah said the Popular Front of India (PFI) will be banned if his party wins the Karnataka election, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a case of money laundering against the outfit.

The case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) is based on an FIR lodged by National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2013 and a charge sheet accusing the PFI of indulging in terror activities and terror funding.

The ED will probe the suspected role of PFI in terror funding and possible creation of assets using "tainted" funds. The PFI had earlier denied any involvement in terror related activities.

During election campaigning in Karnataka where voting will take place on May 12, Shah had said that if voted to power, the BJP government would ban the PFI in the state.

The NIA had last year submitted a report to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on the activities of the PFI and claimed that it was running terror camps and making bombs. It had then recommended to the Centre that it is a fit case to invoke the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and ban the PFI.

In its report, the agency claimed that the PFI was involved in terrorist acts like RSS activist R Rudresh's murder, chopping off a professor's palm in central Kerala (on false charges of blasphemy) and organising a training camp in northern Kerala's Kannur from where country-made bombs and weapons were seized.

The NIA also claimed the PFI had plans to carry out terror attacks with the help of Islamic State Al-Hindi.

Rudresh was hacked to death by motorcycle-borne men on October 16, 2016 and police had arrested at least five persons linked with PFI in this case.

In the charge sheet filed after registering a case in 2013, the NIA had claimed that PFI had organised a terror camp in Kannur.

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