New Delhi: An investigation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has revealed that Nepal border was being used as alternative launching pads for terrorists to bomb various places in India. The probe revealed that huge sums of money were pumped in by Pakistan to fund the launchpads.

The ED has filed a charge sheet in Delhi's Patiala court against Mohammad Umer Madani (an active member of banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba) in a money-laundering case, where the agency has made the charge above.

"An investigation under the PMLA was initiated on the basis of an FIR by the special cell, Delhi Police. Police recovered fake Indian currency equivalent to Rs 50,000, $ 8000, Nepali Rupaiya (NPR) 4,067 besides other incriminating documents from the possession of Mohd Umer Madani, a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant based in Nepal, who was operating as an organiser,” the ED said.

PMLA stands for the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

The special cell investigation revealed that Madani was the right hand of Jamaat-ud-Daawah chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhwi — both residents of Pakistan. Madani was working for them “to spot talents for terrorist activities, to organise training in Lashkar camps, launching Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in India via Indo-Nepal border and distributing funds to the modules of Lashkar-e-Taiba in India and Nepal for terrorist activities”, the ED said.

"It was also revealed that he was involved in hatching a conspiracy with other Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in order to carry out terrorist and disruptive activities in India. After concluding the investigation, Delhi Police filed a charge sheet against Mohd Umer Madani. On conclusion of the trial, he was awarded five years imprisonment,” the ED added.

During the ED investigation, it was revealed that Madani was maintaining various bank accounts in Nepal wherein huge amounts of cash were deposited and subsequently withdrawn by him.

It is on record that he didn’t have a source of income except the money provided by his handlers from Pakistan and that he was regularly visiting Bihar and other states of India for funding Lashkar-e-Taiba modules for terrorist activities, the ED said.

The PMLA investigation revealed that Madani was involved in the offence of money laundering and $ 8000 and NPR 4,067 recovered from him was meant for carrying out terrorist activities in India, the ED said.

The ED has attached properties of Madani under the PMLA, 2002, in the matter.