ED detains PFI leader from Trivandrum airport in connection with money laundering case

A general secretary of the Popular Front of India (PFI), Rauf Sherif was wanted by the ED in connection with a money laundering case.

ED detained a youth leader of the Popular Front of India (PFI) at Kerala’s Trivandrum airport on Saturday. Identified as Rauf Sherif, the individual is a general secretary of the PFI and was trying to flee the country, alleged the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Sherif was wanted by the ED in connection with a money laundering case and also by the Uttar Pradesh Police in connection with the Hathras case.

According to the ED, PFI leader Rauf Sherif illegally received a sum of nearly Rs 2 crores in his bank account from Oman and Qatar in 2020. Officials suspect that these funds were meant to be used for subversive activities.

Rauf Sherif had been evading summons on the pretext of the pandemic and had been in hiding for quite some time, the Enforcement Directorate said.

In a tweet from its official handle on Saturday, the PFI said, “Outraged at the politically motivated #ED raids on the offices and houses leaders, members, and supporters #Popular Front of India took out massive rallies at various parts of the country.”

Earlier this month, the ED conducted raids at 26 locations in at least 9 states in connection with money laundering cases against PFI and its members. Sources had told India Today that the ED suspects PFI of receiving large sums of money from foreign sources that were meant to be used to fan violence.

Launched in Kerala in 2006, The Popular Front of India (PFI) was the result of merger of three Muslim organisations floated after the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992. The PFI claims to have units in 22 states. Most PFI leaders in Kerala were members of the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

Source: India Today


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