Delhi: Court convicts man under POTA

Delhi: Court convicts man under POTA
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday convicted a man having links with terror outfits, including Hizbul Mujahideen, under stringent anti-terror law Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) for obtaining hawala money for terror acts.

Additional Sessions Judge R K Gauba took into account the confessional statement of Jafar Umar Khan, who is in his 50s, besides the statement of prosecution witnesses, to hold him
guilty in the case.

"The confession of the accused has shown that he has been working in close coordination with terrorist groups Harkat-ul-Ansar, Hizbul Mujahideen and Peer Panjal Regiment.

"It shows that he had received the said amount of money (Rs four lakh) from Rakesh intending to pass it on to the said terrorist groups," the court said.

Khan was nabbed by Delhi police's Special Cell sleuths in May, 2003, with Rs four lakh hawala money, a pistol and live cartridges.

In its judgement, the court noted that Khan could not explain the clandestine transactions and he also could not give any proof to claim that he was having business dealings with Rakesh, the person who gave the hawala money to him.

The court also said that Rakesh was involved in several hawala-related transactions and has also been in preventive custody.