In a major terror crackdown, Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached properties worth Rs 1.73 crore of Jammu-Kashmir businessman Zahoor Watali, on Thursday, in connection to a terror-funding case.
Sources further report that the ED's entire attachment in this case is over Rs. 8 crores which include properties in Jammu and Watali's bank accounts frozen so far. Sources also report that these properties attached by the ED in terror-funding were alleged linked to LeT chief Hafeez Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Mohd. Yousuf Shah alias Syed Salahuddin.
It said a provisional order has been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act for attachment of Rs 1.48 crore worth immovable properties of Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali's family and Rs 25 lakh of his deposits in a Jammu and Kashmir Bank branch in Delhi.
The businessman is being probed for his alleged terror links with banned Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and its chief Hafeez Saeed, by both the Enforcement Directorate and the National Investigation Agency.
Earlier on Friday, officials said that India's most wanted Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar will be the first two individuals to be designated as terrorists once the proposed amendments in the country's anti-terror law come into effect.
The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019, passed by Lok Sabha and waiting for the approval of Rajya Sabha, will provide for seizure of properties and putting a travel ban on such individuals once they are declared as terrorists.
Saeed, the mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, and Azhar, responsible for the recent Pulwama attack and 2001 attack on Parliament, will be the first two individuals who will be declared as terrorists once Rajya Sabha passes the Bill and the amendments come into effect, a home ministry official said.
The proposed law will be in conformity with the international standards and UN convention. An individual's proscription as terrorist will happen only after the approval of the Union Home Ministry, the official said. Individual designated as a terrorist can appeal to the Union Home Secretary who will have to dispose of the appeal within 45 days.
(With PTI Inputs)