The National Investigation Agency (NIA) attached three immovable properties of Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on June 12, in a terror funding case.
As per the report, officials said lands were seized in the morning on June 12 by a team of NIA at Baghatpora in Handwara tehsil of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. The NIA put out a notice of attachment near the land and informing people not to enter into any kind of deal on the attached properties.
In May, the NIA had attached Watali’s house in the posh Baghat area of Srinagar following the orders by the special NIA court, Patiala House, New Delhi
Watali was arrested by the team of NIA in 2017 in an alleged connection with terror, later he was moved out of jail on the medical grounds and put under house arrest to facilitate treatment for a terminal disease in last year February.
Earlier, Supreme Court ruled out the Delhi High Court order in which Watali was granted bail. The Supreme Court found that an ample of material has been collected which shows the linkages between the Hurriyat leaders of the Jammu and Kashmir and terrorist organisations and their continuous activities to wage war against Government of India.
Watali was earlier arrested on the suspicion of acting as a channel for the illegal remittance of funds to secessionists, terrorists and stone-pelters in 1990. He was taken into custody along with JKLF chief Yasin Malik and others when some anti-national activists were found at his house in Baghat, Srinagar and was jailed for eight months in Jammu.
The recent action taken by the NIA in attaching his properties serves as another significant development in the ongoing investigation into the terror-funding case.
Last year in May, a trial court framed charges against Watali and other individuals involved in a case of terrorism and secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir in 2017. Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali was arrested by the NIA in 2017 and was charged under various sections of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
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