Suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain received cash from dubious entities and hawala operators and used the money to “fuel” anti-CAA protests and riots in Delhi in February, the Enforcement Directorate said on Monday. The Central probe agency had arrested Hussain last week and a local court on August 28 sent him to ED custody for six days.
The agency on Monday brought him to its office in New Delhi from Tihar jail for interrogation. Hussain, the agency said, has been “arrested in connection with ongoing PMLA investigation into his role in money laundering and funding of anti-CAA protests and organising riots in north-east Delhi during February, 2020.”
The ED had booked Hussain and others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after studying multiple FIRs of the Delhi Police’s crime branch to probe the riots.
“Probe revealed that companies owned and controlled by Tahir Hussain and his relatives transferred huge amounts of money to dubious entities and entry operators (people involved in hawala transactions) which was returned by them in cash,” the agency said in a statement.
“The cash received by Tahir Hussain through entry operators was used to fuel the anti-CAA protests and Delhi riots,” it said. The ED investigation also found “involvement of Tahir Hussain and his companies in illegal laundering of money in the past too. It had raided premises linked to Hussain, his relatives and associates in Delhi, Noida and Greater Noida on June 23.