New Delhi:  The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday questioned the wife of journalist Syed Mohammed Ahmad Kazmi, arrested in the Israeli diplomat car bombing case, in its probe into the source of alleged foreign funds received by the couple.

Kazmi has been arrested in connection with the car bomb attack. Jahan Ara cleared during the investigation that there was no link between Rs 18 lakh balance in her account and the attack, instead the money was sent by her son and a relative.

After the Delhi Police requested the ED to find out the source of foreign currency in the couple’s account, the ED had registered a case against Kazmi’s wife under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and summoned her for investigation.

Jahan Ara told the investigators that the foreign currency in her account has no link with the attack on the Israeli Diplomat. According to her, out of the Rs 18 lakh in her account, Rs 12 lakh were transferred by her son while Rs 6 lakh were sent by her sister from Manchester in England. She ensured that she will submit all the documents by Friday that would prove that the money was sent by her relatives.

A senior official of the ED confirmed that Jahan Ara’s statement has been recorded and soon Kazmi, who is in the judicial custody right now, will be questioned also in this regard by the agency. He further said that to ascertain the source of foreign currency in the couple’s accounts, the ED has contacted the officials at Dubai and England along with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and a letters rogatory (LRs) is also likely to be sent to both the countries after scrutiny of documents.

Kazmi, 50, according to Delhi Police, is a freelance journalist. He has been accused of facilitating the attack on an Israeli diplomat's car here on February 13.

JPN/Bureau