A fact-finding committee formed by Delhi Minorities Commission in 2018 had already found that NIA ‘charges were fake’
NEW DELHI – A court in Delhi discharged four Muslim men in case of foreign and terror funding related to a mosque situated in Haryana’s Palwal district.
According to reports, the Patiala House court acquitted Mohd Salim, Mohd Salman, Arif Ghulam Basheer and Mohd Hussain Mulani after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) failed to provide evidence against all the four accused. The court observed that the NIA did not provide any evidence which could suggest that the four accused were sending money from Dubai to Pakistan for terror activities.
The NIA had alleged that the four accused were involved in developing a sleeper cell for a Pakistani organization. The NIA also claimed that they were taking funds from Pakistani group Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation and accused them of sending money for anti-national and terror activities.
The case is related to Khulafa-e-Rashideen Masjid which is situated at Uttarwar village in Palwal. In October 2018, the NIA had conducted raids and made several arrests including the imam of the mosque Mohd Salman in the terror funding case. Citing NIA sources, newspapers reported that hawala money was given for the construction of the mosque.
Due to the involvement of a Delhi man, Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) had probed the matter and found the allegation untrue. Then chairman of the DMC Zafarul Islam Khan tweeted about the case.
“Delhi resident was also arrested, as Chair DMC, I promptly formed a fact-finding committee which reported that the charges were fake; the land for the mosque was donated by both Muslims & Hindus; Muslim villagers in the whole Mewat area had donated for the mosque,” tweeted Khan on Friday.
Yet another acquittal: Three years ago NIA had arrested a group of people from Mewat and Delhi who were building a mosque, and accused them of receiving hawala money for terror activities. A Delhi court has now thrown out the case saying NIA failed to prove allegations. Since 1/3
— Zafarul-Islam Khan (@khan_zafarul) October 22, 2021
“Committee did not come across any evidence to state that the terror-funding was received for the construction of the Khulafa-e-Rashideen Masjid,” said the fact-finding report of the Commission.
Reacting to the acquittals, Advocate Anwar Siddiqui told Clarion India that this is perhaps for first time in the history of NIA that the accused have been acquitted even before the trial began. Siddiqui is Secretary of the Delhi chapter of Association for Protection of Civil Rights or APCR. He, along with Advocate Asad Hayat defended the accused while senior counsel Mir Akhtar Husain argued in the court.