Israeli attack: ED to probe funds source

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has begun a probe into the source of alleged foreign funds received in the accounts of journalist Syed Mohd Ahmad Kazmi arrested in connection with the bomb attack on an Israeli embassy vehicle. The agency is probing the case under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) after Delhi Police recently wrote to the agency to probe the source and use of the foreign remittances in Kazmi`s accounts.

Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta had recently said that Kazmi and his wife have been receiving foreign remittances regularly and till March 16 his wife has allegedly received Rs 18,78,500 and Kazmi Rs 3.80 lakh as foreign remittances regarding which "there is no satisfactory explanation". Kazmi`s family and his colleagues have denied all the allegations against him and have demanded a fair probe into the case. The agency, according to sources, will send a report to the Delhi Police once it gets the full information of these funds from the RBI and other foreign payment agents.

The ED will also probe yet another fund of USD 5,500, which was allegedly received in Kazmi`s accounts. Kazmi (50), who was writing for Iranian publications, was arrested on March six following investigations into the February 13 incident where a magnet bomb was stuck on the rear of an Israeli embassy vehicle in the heart of the national capital. Four people, including the wife of an Israeli diplomat, were injured in the bombing incident.