ED arrests PFI leader from Kerala in money laundering case on charges of raising foreign funds for Anti-national activities

Editorial comment

The Anti-national activities of PFI are continuing unabated. PFI and associated organisations have been exposed earlier too. What more proof does the Central Government require to ban such organisations and punish the guilty ?

Kozhikode (Kerala) – The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested a Popular Front of India (PFI) member from Kozhikode Airport in a money laundering case on charges of raising foreign funds for Anti-national activities.

Immigration authorities intercepted Abdul Razzak BP, a Divisional President of the PFI’s Perumpadappu unit in Malappuram based on an Enforcement Directorate Lookout Circular (LOC) issued against him. The ED officials took Razzak in custody and he was produced before a special Court the next day in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow. It is learnt that a team of officials had conducted searches at premises linked to Razzak and others in December last year and claimed to have seized some incriminating documents linked to the case being probed by the agency against him.

The ED has been investigating the acquisition of some foreign assets, including a bar-cum-restaurant in Abu Dhabi, by PFI leaders after the seizure of some documents in raids conducted on 8th December last year on its members in Kerala as part of the money laundering case. The ED claimed to have inputs regarding money laundering activities of the PFI through various projects in Kerala , including the Munnar Villa Vista project which is being built by the PFI leaders to launder proceeds of crime generated in India and abroad.

The Islamic organisation was formed in 2006 in Kerala and is headquartered in Delhi. The ED has been investigating the PFI’s alleged financial links on charges of fuelling the Anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests in the country, the riots in Delhi that took place in February 2020, and a few other instances.

The ED is also probing Razzak’s connection with purported illegal funding to disturb communal harmony and incite riots post the alleged gang rape and death of a Dalit woman in 2020 in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. In February last year, the ED had also filed a charge sheet in this case before a special Court in Lucknow.