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The Popular Front of India (PFI) has recently been banned by the government for alleged terrorist links and spreading communal hatred. On the other hand, the Upper Court has taken cognizance of the ED’s charge sheet filed against three PFI officials in a local court on Monday. After this, the ED has told that the banned organization was getting help from Gulf countries in arranging funds.
The federal probe agency had filed a prosecution complaint or charge sheet in this case last week before a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court at Patiala House.
The dossier was filed on November 19 to consolidate the money laundering charges and initiate the trial against Parvez Ahmed, Mohd Ilyas and Abdul Mukeet. The arrest of the accused followed a nationwide raid by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Enforcement Directorate (ED) and various state police units against the PFI on September 22. During this period more than 100 people who liked PFI were arrested by these agencies and many others were also detained. At present all the three accused are in judicial custody in Tihar Jail.
A week after the said action, the Center banned the PFI for five years under the stringent Anti-Terrorism Act and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The Islamic organization accused the PFI of having links with global terrorist groups like ISIS and trying to disturb communal harmony in the country.
PHI’s affiliated organizations – Rehab India Foundation, Campus Front of India, All India Imam Council, National Confederation of Human Rights Organization, National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala – have also been placed in the list of banned organizations went.
The ED said in a statement that Ahmed was the president of the Delhi unit of the PFI and used to oversee the organisation’s fundraising activities as well as manage public relations.
Whereas Mohammad Ilyas was the General Secretary of Delhi PFI. He was active in raising funds for PFI and related organizations in the Delhi-NCR region. He also contested the 2020 Delhi Assembly Elections 2020 from Karawal Nagar as a candidate of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI).