ED summons Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in foreign exchange violation case
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to appear before it on 18 December
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to appear before it on 18 December for adjudication proceedings related to a foreign exchange violation case involving 10,000 dollars "illegally" possessed by him in 2002.
The foreign currency was seized during an Income Tax raid at his residence in Srinagar's Hyderpora area in 2002.
The central probe agency, early this year, issued a notice under various sections of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to the 87-year-old separatist leader based in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir.
Geelani, who heads the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference, has been asked to either appear in person or through his legal representative before the agency in Srinagar on 18 December.
The adjudication notice has asked him to "explain or produce documents or evidences, as may be useful for or relevant to the subject matter of enquiry".
The notice, issued by the Enforcement Assistant Director in Srinagar Deepak Chauhan, said if he failed to appear on the date, "adjudication proceedings shall proceed against the noticee (Geelani), exparte".
Geelani can be penalised up to three times the amount contravened under the FEMA after these proceedings end.
The ED took up the case after taking cognisance of the Income Tax report and issued summons to Geelani to appear before it in Srinagar in March this year.
The agency earlier said that Geelani's counsel had submitted a written reply and "denied" the recovery of foreign currency from his residence and seizure.
"Following further summons, his chartered accountant submitted the appeal documents confirming the recovery and seizure of foreign currency. However, he failed to furnish
legitimate source for its acquisition and possession thus making himself liable for action under FEMA," an ED statement earlier said.
Under the FEMA, foreign exchange dealings are regulated in India and the acquisition and possession of foreign exchange by resident Indians are required to be conducted in
accordance with the general or special permission.
"Geelani did not have any such permission or bona fide explanation for acquisition and possession of the foreign currency.
"Therefore, he has been asked to show cause to the adjudicating officer under FEMA within 30 days as to why the recovered currency should not be confiscated and penalty
imposed on him," the agency said.
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