New Delhi: Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Saturday framed charges against a close aide of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and three others in connection with running hawala racket to fund banned terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir Valley.

District Judge H S Sharma framed charges against the four accused under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The trial in the case will commence from April 16.

The four accused including Ghulam Mohd Bhat who is said to be Geelani's close aide, Mohd Siddiq Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo and Farooq Ahmed Dagga are presently lodged in Tihar jail under judicial custody.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had last year filed chargesheet against the four, indicting them for procuring over Rs 4.57 crore from Pakistan through hawala channels between 2008 and 2011 for funding terrorist activities in the Valley.

On January 22 last year, the Delhi Police Special Cell had arrested all the four accused from Jammu & Kashmir on a tip-off that they were carrying hawala money, allegedly meant for funding the terror outfits in the valley. The special cell had also recovered Rs 21.20 lakh from them.

The case was later handed over to the NIA.