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ED registers money laundering case against PFI

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The Enforcement Directorate, ED today registered a money laundering case against Kerala-based outfit Popular Front of India, PFI for its alleged links with terror activities and funding. The alleged activists of PFI are facing serious criminal charges, including cases under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention Act). The ED said it will look into the alleged role of PFI with respect to suspected terror funding and possible creation of assets by using tainted funds.

The central probe agency has filed a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, based on a 2013 FIR of the National Investigation Agency, NIA and a subsequent chargesheet.

The NIA had submitted a report on the PFI to the Union Home Ministry a few months back claiming that the group has been involved in terror activities, including running terror camps and making bombs.

The move comes days after BJP President Amit Shah had said that if the party forms government in Karnataka, it would recommend a ban against the outfit. The outfit has presence in 23 states and is strongest in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.


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