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Hurriyat leader Aga Syed Hassan briefly detained with Rs 14 lakh “unaccounted cash” at Srinagar airport

SRINAGAR

A Hurriyat leader was intercepted at the Srinagar airport on Sunday for allegedly carrying over Rs 14 lakh “unaccounted” cash, officials said.

Aga Syed Hassan Mosavi, a noted Shia leader, was briefly detained by the Jammu and Kashmir police after he landed here from Delhi with the cash of Rs 14.38 lakh. It is suspected to be unaccounted and has been seized in view of the election season, the officials said.

The case has been transferred to the Income Tax Department and Hassan has been summoned before an investigating tax officer on Monday, the officials said.

The Income Tax Department is looking to ascertain the source of the cash, which is primarily believed to be from a Shia organisation based in Iran, the officials added.

Quoting informed sources news agency IANS reported that the IT department detained Aga Syed Hassan, after finding the money but he was later allowed to go home.

“He arrived on an Air India flight from Delhi after which he was detained by IT officials who recovered the money,” an officer said.

“He was taken to a police station near the airport. He has been asked to justify the possession of the money.

“The amount has been retained at the police station but the separatist leader has been allowed to go home after furnishing sufficient security to the authorities that he will come up with a legally justifiable explanation regarding the possession of such a huge amount during travel,” the officer said.

(WITH IANS INPUTS)

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