PFI has received over Rs 100 crore: ED to Kerala court

PFI received over Rs 100 cr in its banks over the years: ED to Kerala court

CFI leader Rauf maintained that he received funds in connection with his Oman-based oil business

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The Enforcement Directorate has informed a court in Kochi on Thursday that over Rs 100 crore was received in the bank accounts of Popular Front of India and Campus Front of India over the last few years, furthermore, the ED said that links of PFI in the recent violence in Bengaluru's DJ Halli was suspected

According to the report filed seeking an extension of custody of Campus Front of India national general secretary K A Rauf Sherif, the sources and utilisation of the funds received by PFI and CFI leaders were still under investigation. It was suspected that the funds were utilised for the anti-CAA protest in Delhi. PFI's links with the recent violence in Bengaluru's DJ Halli and KG Halli was also suspected. PFI's political wing SDPI's was found involved in the Bengaluru violence.

The ED report also said that a major chunk of funds was received from outside of India, suspected to have come through hawala transactions. Incriminating documents and digital devices were seized during the raids at offices of PFI and house of PFI leaders. The report added that it was evident that PFI and CFI were involved in money laundering and the proceeds of crime were used for committing unlawful activities in India.

The ED earlier accused Rauf of funding the trips of Malayali journalist Siddique Kappan along with PFI leaders to Hathras in UP to visit the family of rape-murder victim. Rauf reportedly sent money for this purpose to Atiq-ur-Rehman, who was a member in the delegation and a former treasures of CFI. There was an ulterior motive of disturbing social harmony and inciting communal riots, said the ED report.