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Syed Ali Geelani Booked Under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA)

Syed Ali Geelani Booked Under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA)

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 March 2019 3:25 AM GMT

SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI: The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) led by Muhammad Yasin Malik was declared a banned organization on Friday by the Central Government.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Geelani, who advocates Jammu and Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan, has been booked under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) for illegally possessing foreign exchange of US $ 10,000, the Enforcement Directorate said on Friday.

“The JKLF outfit has been banned for promotion of secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir,” official sources said. Malik is currently under detention in Kot Balwal Jail in Jammu. Earlier, the Centre banned the Jamaat-e-Islami group.

Syed Ali Geelani, on the other hand, has been fined Rs 14.40 lakh following the confiscation of the unaccounted foreign exchange from his premises in Jammu & Kashmir on Wednesday, the agency said.

“The adjudication proceeding in case of Syed Ali Shah Geelani for the offence of illegally possessing foreign exchange was completed on March 20 by levying penalty of Rs 14.40 lakh on him along with confiscation of foreign exchange US $ 10,000,” said an ED statement.

The ED took over the case following an Income Tax Department complaint against Syed Ali Geelani.

The agency said it will also impose a penalty and confiscate the illegal acquisition of foreign exchange recovered from another separatist leader Yasin Malik, former Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). The adjudication proceedings against Malik are in progress. (IANS)

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