PMLA: ED files charge sheet against two PFI leaders

NEW DELHI: Officials claimed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a supplementary charge sheet under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against two leaders of the Popular Front of India (PFI) before a special PMLA Court in Lucknow.

On February 6, 2021, the ED filed a prosecution complaint (charge-sheet) against five members of the PFI and its student arm, Campus Front of India. The court has found all of the defendants guilty of money laundering. PFI leaders Abdul Razaq Peediyakkal aka Abdul Razak BP and Asharaf Khadir alias Ashraf M.K. have been charged with a supplemental charge sheet.

They were allegedly developing a residential project, Munnar Villa Vista Project (MVVP), in Munnar, Kerala, with other PFI leaders and members associated with overseas entities with the intent of laundering money collected from foreign countries as well as within the country and generating funds for PFI to finance its radical activities. According to the investigation, 'criminal proceeds' in the form of unaccounted and unexplained cash as well as foreign funds were parked in MVVP and portrayed as untainted.

Abdul Razak BP, a long-time dedicated member of PFI and its related entities who also served as PFI Divisional President for Perumpadappu, Malappuram, Kerala, was a key figure representing such organisations in the Gulf countries and was actively involved in PFI's fund-raising activities in India and abroad, according to the ED investigation.

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