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India issues show cause notice to Hurriyat leader Geelani over possession of 'illegal' money

The charge comes days after a sting operation allegedly caught Hurriyat leader, Naeem Khan, saying that Pakistan was funding their separatist cause. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 29, 2017, 05.10 PM (IST)

Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been asked to explain possession of thousands of US dollars that India suspects to be for fomenting trouble in Jammu and Kashmir.

India's Enforcement Directorate (ED) confirmed on Twitter that the 87-year-old Hurriyat leader was charged with a show cause notice for possessing $10,000.

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The charge comes days after a sting operation allegedly caught Hurriyat leader, Naeem Khan, saying that Pakistan was funding their separatist cause.

India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) soon summoned Khan and Bitta Karate for interrogation into terror funding in India's Jammu and Kashmir. Geelani's son-in-law Altaf Fantoosh, was also brought to New Delhi for questioning earlier this week.

The NIA also conducted several raids in Kashmir, Delhi and Haryana and recovered Rs 2.5 crore from properties of eight hawala traders who are suspected to have been supporting the extremism in Kashmir.

Officials in the NIA believe that the traders have transported arms and ammunition in trucks from Pakistan.

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