On money trail: ‘Tahir, 4 others got Rs 1.61 crore between Dec 1, Feb 26’

Written by Anand Mohan J
| New Delhi |

Updated: September 22, 2020 4:40:06 am

Police additionally probed two financial institution accounts belonging to Tahir Hussain’s firm and one belonging to an organization owned by his brother-in-law and companions.

The Delhi Police chargesheet concerning the alleged conspiracy behind the Northeast Delhi riots states that former Congress councillor Ishrat Jahan, activist Khalid Saifi, suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI) president Shifa-Ur-Rehman and Jamia Millia Islamia scholar Meeran Haider acquired round Rs 1.61 crore by means of financial institution or money transaction between December 1, 2019 and February 26, 2020.

The chargesheet filed by the Special Cell additional states: “Out of the total Rs 1.61 crore, Rs 1,48,01,186 was withdrawn as cash and spent in managing the protest sites as well to execute the conspiracy hatched in riots in Delhi.”

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Police said Jahan acquired Rs 5.41 lakh by way of on-line and money deposits on December 10 in her checking account. Police claimed she acquired Rs 4 lakh from a Corporation Bank account in Maharashtra. The money was transferred by the driving force of a person named Samir Abdul Sai, a resident of Maharashtra. Sai was interrogated by police, and in his disclosure assertion, mentioned he was instructed by his enterprise associate to deposit money to Jahan urgently.

Police mentioned Jahan’s brother-in-law Imran disclosed that he took Rs 4 lakh from her for some enterprise, however didn’t disclose that in his IT return. “He did not give any satisfactory answer regarding expenditure/use of that money,” the chargesheet states.

It additionally states that on scrutiny of Jahan’s financial institution accounts, it was discovered that on January 10, 2020, there was a money deposit of Rs 1,41,000 in her account by herself. “During investigation, it was found that Jahan had used this money to manage protest sites and in purchasing weapons through accused Abdul Khalid. The weapons were used during the riots,” police alleged.

Police additionally probed two financial institution accounts belonging to Tahir Hussain’s firm and one belonging to an organization owned by his brother-in-law and companions.

Relying on witness statements, police state: “It was found that the accused Tahir Hussain has converted Rs 20 lakh into cash from this account also. From the statement of the witnesses… and from the disclosure statement of the accused Tahir Hussain, it was found that he had spent huge amount of cash in running the protests, mobilising people for riots and procuring materials, which was later used in the riots.”

Police said that the Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI) “played a crucial role through its president Shifa-Ur-Rehman in the protests and riots”.

“During investigation, accused Rehman disclosed that he had deposited Rs 50,000 in cash amount in the account of AAJMI through someone whose name he could not remember. He had withdrawn Rs 70,000 from this account for the expenses of the ongoing protests,” the chargesheet states.

Police, whereas analysing a second checking account belonging to AAJMI, said that in December 1, 2019, to February 26, 2020, a complete of Rs 4,41,059 was credited on-line and Rs 60,600 was withdrawn. “Rehman disclosed that he withdrew Rs 60,000 from this account for managing the protests going on against NRC/CAB… Office of AAJMI was raided and documents were seized. During the analysis of the documents, it was found that AAJMI had received Rs 7,60,000 as cash during this period. It was found that out of the total amount, Rs 5,55,000 was received from the alumni working abroad, that is Saudi, UAE, Oman and Qatar,” the chargesheet learn.

Police relied on the assertion of a protected witness who claimed that Rehman spent this money on the protest.

During verification of seized paperwork, alleged faux payments and bills within the identify of AAJMI to the tune of Rs 1,69,554 had been discovered, the chargesheet states. “This showed that the accused had tried to cover up his mistakes. Further investigation in this regard is going on,” the chargesheet states.

Police said that Meeran Haider acquired “Rs 86,644 in his bank account through online transfer” from December 1, 2019, to February 26, 2020. On April 6, 2020, a register was seized from Haider’s room through which it was discovered that he had acquired Rs 4,82,500, police state.

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Police additionally said that Haider acquired Rs 1,05,000 in money from a Saudi Arabia-based resident. Out of the full quantity, Rs 3,33,000 was acquired on the occasion of accused Meeran, it’s alleged. “During investigation, it was found that he distributed Rs 2,86,000 to the Muslim community for the purpose of instigation of riots,” the chargesheet reads.

Tahir’s lawyer Rizwan denied all allegations and mentioned “no money was used to fund the anti-CAA/NRC protests by my client”, whereas Pradeep Teotia, lawyer for Ishrat Jahan, mentioned, “These are fabricated facts. This is a case of fundamental rights and there is not an iota of evidence against my client. All allegations about funding are concocted facts and there is nothing in the chargesheet to prove the same.”

Advocate Harsh Bora, lawyer for Khalid Saifi, additionally denied the police allegations. Meeran Haider’s lawyer, Saransh Gupta, refused to touch upon the allegations stating that he’s but to undergo the contents of the chargesheet.

Amit Bhalla, counsel for Shifa-ur-Rehman, mentioned: “It is a voluminous chargesheet. I am yet to read the document because it is humanly not possible to read it in such less time.”


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