NIA, ED officials return after raid at the residence of Pathanamthitta district secretary of PFI | Photo: Aboobacker/ Mathrubhumi
New Delhi: When the National Investigation Agency (NIA) initiated a probe over the Popular Front of India’s alleged utilisation of foreign funds for terrorist endeavours, the Enforcement Directorate targeted the organisation to find its connection with money laundering cases. ED has filed two charge sheets against the PFI leaders in Kerala. Apart from a case in which journalist Siddique Kappan is involved, ED has submitted a charge sheet against PFI leaders Abdul Razak Peediyakkal and Ashraf Khadir in relation to a Villa project in Munnar.
A case was registered against Siddique Kappan and PFI’s students’ union Campus Front of India for allegedly attempting to incite a communal riot following the Hathras rape case. Later, a money laundering case was also charged over the accused KA Rouf Sheriff, Atikur Rahman, Masood Ahammed, Mohammed Alam, and Siddique Kappan.
It has been alleged that Abdul Razak Peediyakkal, Ashraf Khadir and other PFI leaders developed the Munnar Villa Vista project to legalise black money with the aid of foreign funds. NIA noted that Abdul Razak, who is the PFI division president in Perumpadappu has close connections with several gulf based organisations which raise funds for the party.
ED accused Razak of handing over Rs 34 lakh from UAE to Rehab India Foundation, Rs 2 lakh to SDPI president MK Faizee and for channelling Rs 19 crore illegally to India. Ashraf Khadir, who was named as an accused in the case related to chopping off an arm of Prof Joseph was the owner of Darbar restaurant that functioned as a centre for black money dealings in Dubai, pointed out ED.