SRINAGAR — The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday sent a ‘Demand Notice’ of over ₹14 lakh to senior pro-freedom leader and former chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a 19-year-old case, asking him to deposit the penalty amount imposed upon him under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999.
The notice has been issued by the Enforcement Officer of the ED’s Srinagar zone office, Asif Iqbal.
The case pertains to ‘illegal possession’ of foreign currency of USD 10,000 allegedly seized during an income tax raid at Geelani’s residence in Srinagar’s Hyderpora area in 2002.
The ED had back then said that it took up the case upon an Income Tax Department complaint and had also issued summons to Geelani to appear before it in Srinagar.
Geelani’s counsel, however, had submitted a written reply and denied the recovery of foreign currency from his residence and the subsequent seizure.
In Tuesday’s notice, a copy of which lies with Kashmir Bylines, the ED has stated that a penalty of ₹14.40 lakh was imposed upon Geelani under section 13(1) of the FEMA on March 20, 2019, which he till date has not deposited.
“You are hereby given notice to deposit the aforesaid penalty amount within 10 days of receipt of this Demand Notice by means of Demand Draft in favor of the “The Pay and Accounts Officer, Pay & Accounts Office, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, New Delhi”, failing which action contemplated u/s 14 and 14A of Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 is liable to be initiated against you, as per law,” the notice reads.
As per the notice, the Demand Draft should be sent to the Joint Director, Directorate of Enforcement, with its office at Durrani House, near Police Station Rajbagh, Srinagar.
It also reads that in case any ‘Stay Order’ has been passed by any Court/ Tribunal/ Authority in respect of the aforementioned penalty imposed, a copy thereof be provided to the ED office within 10 days of receipt of the Demand Notice.