Tahir Hussain
Tahir Hussain

Suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain Wednesday approached the Delhi High Court challenging his three days remand to ED custody in a money laundering case related to the communal violence in northeast Delhi in February.

Hussain has sought setting aside the remand order of September 7, passed by a trial court and a direction to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to immediately send him to Tihar jail.

The plea came up before Justice Yogesh Khanna who asked the counsel for Hussain to place on record the judgements which he was referring to and listed it for hearing on Thursday.

The ED was probing the allegation that Hussain and his linked persons laundered about Rs 1.10 crore funds, by using purported shell or dummy companies, to fuel the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the riots.

In his plea before the high court, Hussain said he was formally arrested by ED on August 20 from Tihar jail and on August 28, he was remanded to the six days in the agency's custody.

The ED again sought extension of Hussain's custody by nine days and the court on September 7 granted them three days to quiz him with the direction that he be handed over to Tihar jail authorities on September 10.

Hussain's counsel challenged the trial court's extension of remand order on the ground that the 15 days period for grant of police custody has to begin from the date of formal arrest, that is, August 20 and thus, further extension of police remand is not permissible in law.

ED had earlier told the trial court that Hussain was allegedly involved in money laundering and various other fraudulent acts of cheating, falsification and forgery of documents, and criminal conspiracy.

ED had alleged that Hussain had entered into a criminal conspiracy by fraudulently transferring money from the accounts of many companies.

The money so obtained are allegedly proceeds of crime which were then used for committing various other scheduled offences, the agency had claimed.

Hussain's counsel had claimed that he was a victim of circumstances and was not required for custodial interrogation as he faced the threat of torture.

Hussain was arrested in connection with the riots in northeast Delhi in February. He has also been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a conspiracy case related to the riots.

He was also arrested in connection with the alleged murder of IB official Ankit Sharma during the riots.

Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control, leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

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