New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) A court here on Tuesday asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file reply on the bail petition of alleged hawala dealer Muhammad Aslam Wani, arrested in a money laundering case.
Asking the Directorate to file reply on Wani's bail plea, Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma listed the matter for hearing on November 15.
The ED in September filed a chargesheet against Wani and Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Wani was arrested on August 6. He had reportedly confessed that he had passed on hawala money amounting to Rs 2.25 crore to Shabir Shah.
Shah was arrested on July 25 on charges of money laundering in a case dating back to 2005 when the Delhi Police Special Cell arrested Wani.
In the 2005 case lodged by the Special Cell, the court had acquitted co-accused Wani of the charges of criminal conspiracy and other offences but convicted him under the Arms Act, his defence counsel told the court.
The Enforce Directorate submitted that conviction under the Arms Act was a triggering point to take action under the PMLA.
Both have denied the charges.