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ED questions PFI, RFI members over anti-CAA protest funding



New Delhi: Two members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and Rehab Foundation India (RFI) were questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday over the alleged funding of Rs 120 crore for the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in several parts of the country.

According to the ED officials, PFI”s state president Mohammed Parvez Ahmed and RFI”s Shahid Abu Bakr appeared for questioning at the financial probe agency”s headquarters in south Delhi”s Khan market area.

The ED has served summons to the PFI and RFI offices located in Delhi”s Shaheen Bagh and Jamia area on Monday.

The ED official said that they will be questioned about the funds received in the bank accounts of these organisations through cash transactions and through NEGT or IMPS mode of transaction.

The official further said that the agency will also question them about when and why the amounts to the tune of Rs 120 crore was transferred to the associate branches of the organisations in last one month, especially in several districts of western Uttar Pradesh like Bijnore, Hapur etc.

The ED in its report to the Ministry of Home Affairs has informed that the PFI and RFI through its 73 bank accounts transferred money to the tune of Rs 120 crore to support anti-CAA and NRC protest across the country.

The PFI and several other senior lawyers, have rejected the ED”s charge.


Nirbhaya convicts to be hanged on March 3 at 6 a.m.




New Delhi: The four death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case will now be hanged on March 3 at 6 a.m., a local court announced here on Monday.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana pronounced the order on a petition seeking issuance of fresh date for the execution of death warrants in the case pertaining to the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in the national capital in December 2012.

Expressing satisfaction over the latest court order, Nirbhaya’s mother said, “I’m satisfied and happy. I hope the convicts will finally be hanged on March 3,” Asha Devi told mediapersons.

The case pertains to the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old girl in the national capital in December 2012.

On January 31, a trial court had stayed “till further order” the execution of the four convicts — Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar (31).

Of the four convicts, Pawan has not yet availed the remedy of either curative petition or mercy plea.

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