NEW DELHI: The Directorate of Execution (ED) is investigating the “acquisition” of certain foreign assets, including a bar-restaurant in Abu Dhabi, by the leaders of the Indian Popular Front (PFI) after the seizure of certain documents during recent raids on its members in Kerala in connection with a money laundering case, the agency said on Saturday.
The raids were carried out on December 8 at the residences of Shafeeque Payeth, a member of the PFI and its related group SDPI in Peringathur in Kannur; Abdul Razak BP, PFI division president of Perumpadappu, Malappuram; Ashraf MK aka Tamar Ashraf / Ashraf Khader, a PFI leader based in Muvattupuzah, Ernakulam; and the premises of the Munnar villa vista project in Mankulam in Munnar, the general manager said in a statement.
He said the PFI attempted to “disrupt research operations,” but agency officials assisted by CRPF staff seized “incriminating documents, digital devices and evidence related to foreign funding and foreign funding. ‘acquisition of properties abroad “.
Kerala police also said on the day of the searches that they filed a complaint against some PFI activists for allegedly trying to stir up trouble during the ED raids in Muvattupuzha.
The ED said in the statement that the seized documents “indicate PFI’s money laundering activities through various projects in Kerala, including the Munnar Villa Vista project which is being built by PFI executives to launder the proceeds of crime generated in India and abroad “.
“The acquisition of foreign properties by PFI executives, including a bar and restaurant in Abu Dhabi, has been brought to the attention of Management (ED), which is under investigation,” he said. -he declares.
PFI General Secretary Anis Ahmed posted a video message on the day of the raids claiming that ED’s action was aimed at “harassing” them and that the organization would fight this through “legal and democratic means”.
The ED has also carried out similar raids against the PFI in the past.
The Islamic organization was formed in 2006 in Kerala and is headquartered in Delhi.
The central investigative agency investigated the PFI’s alleged “financial ties” over accusations of fueling anti-citizenship (amendment) protests in the country, riots in Delhi that took place in February of the last year and a few other cases.