New Delhi: In one of the rare investigations, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has started probing a terror funding case. According to the central investigating agency, which is responsible for probing money laundering cases, it has registered a case against Hafiz Muhammad Saeed founded terror funding foundation Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF).

The organisation was started by Hafiz in 1990 to back terror outfits and generate funds for terror attacks. Its headquarters is in Pakistan. The ED has said that FIF is involved in money laundering through various hawala channels.

“The ED money laundering case is based on an FIR registered by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) against Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation. The National Investigating Agency (NIA) arrested one Mohammad Salman, resident of Delhi, who was in regular touch with one Dubai based Pakistani national, who in turn was connected with the deputy chief of FIF, a front end organisation of the proscribed terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT),” the ED said.

According to the agency, the accused is alleged to have received funds from FIF operators through hawala routes.

“The accused and the other persons were reported to have received money illegally through hawala channel from various persons of Pakistan, UAE etc. And these funds were utilised to carry out the terrorist activities and to create unrest in India,” ED added.

So far, in the case, the NIA has recovered and seized cash of Rs 1.56 crore, Nepali currency of Rs 43,000, 14 mobiles phones, five pen drives and other incriminating documents and also arrested an FIF operative Mohammad Salman, hawala conduit Mohammad Salim, hawala courier Sajjad Abdul Wani, who is a resident of Kashmir.

An investigation under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) has been initiated by the ED to establish the money trail and to identify proceeds of crime that are suspected to be generated out of the criminal activities.