Gujarat: SIT files chargesheet on misappropriation of foreign funds by AFMI Trust

The Vadodara Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Tuesday filed a chargesheet in an alleged case of misappropriation of foreign funds by Vadodara-based AFMI Charitable Trust, as well as traces of hawala funds, totaling Rs 80 crore, for alleged “illegal Islamic activities”. .

The 1,860-page chargesheet states that apart from the three accused already arrested in the case, two more accused, who are currently abroad, are yet to be arrested.

The SIT has named Abdullah Phefdawala, a native of Nabipur in Bharuch, London, and Mustafa Saifuddin Thanawala, a native of Dubai, a native of Mumbai, as two wanted accused in the case. In a release issued by the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Vadodara City Police, the chargesheet covers various activities for which AFMI Trust has committed misappropriation of funds received under FCRA for the specific purpose of the trust as well as for hawala transactions. has done. 60 crores, allegedly sent through Dubai.

The release said that out of Rs 80 crore under investigation, AFMI Trust in association with IH Kasuwala firm misappropriated Rs 1.65 crore by presenting fake invoices issued to the trust. Out of the said amount of Rs 1.65 crore, AFMI Trust “deliberately furnished an account of expenditure of Rs 94.65 lakh to government agencies including the Charity Commissioner” on the basis of forged challans.

The release also said that the trust sent foreign funds to help for activities of communal conflict in Delhi as well as for protests (against the CAA) and “other criminal activities to strengthen Islam”.

“For this, Salahuddin and Umar Gautam held secret meetings. On the request of Abdullah Lungwala, through AFMI, the accused sent Rs 64 lakh to anti-CAA protesters in Delhi and for legal aid to those arrested in the Delhi communal clashes. ,

Police say the trust was also involved in illegal conversion of members of the Hindu community to Islam. “The trust indulged in illegal activities like conversion of Hindu persons to Islam and creating enmity between different sections… and created law and order issues to challenge the sovereignty and unity of the country,” the release said. …”

Vadodara Police has booked AFMI Managing Trustee Salahuddin Shaikh and Indian Claims Center under Indian Penal Code sections (153A) for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race etc and committing acts harmful to the maintenance of harmony. Umar Gautam is booked. Disappearance of evidence of a crime (201), criminal breach of trust (406), forgery (465), forgery of a valuable security (467), forgery with intent to defraud (471), criminal conspiracy [120(B)], the offense in the presence of the abettor (114).

In August, the Vadodara police arrested an employee of the Muslim Medical Center of AFMI Trusts, Mohammad Hussain Ghulam Rasool Mansoori, for allegedly destroying a pen drive containing details of the trust’s financial transactions. Mansoori’s name is also in the charge sheet along with Gautam and Sheikh among the arrested accused.