ED Questioned Farooq Abdullah For Three And A Half Hours In Irregularities Related To J&K Cricket Association
Farooq Abdullah: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned National Conference President...
Farooq Abdullah: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned National Conference President Farooq Abdullah for over three hours here on Tuesday in a money laundering case. This case is related to the alleged financial irregularities in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA). Abdullah, the Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar, reached the ED office at Rajbagh at 11 am. Before going inside, the former chief minister spoke to reporters and linked the inquiry to the upcoming assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. “I won’t say much (about the summons). Elections are due and they will trouble us till then,” he said.
Question and answer lasted for three and a half hours
He looked relaxed as he left the office after a question-and-answer round that lasted nearly three-and-a-half hours, but he refused to answer questions from media persons waiting outside. On May 27, the ED had issued summons to Abdullah to appear in his Srinagar office in connection with the money laundering case. Officials said that 84-year-old Abdullah, who was three-time chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, had recorded his statement in the same case in the year 2019.
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Abdullah was the president of JKCA from 2001-12
The National Conference said senior leaders would continue to cooperate with the authorities as they have done in the past. Abdullah was the president of JKCA from 2001 to 2012 and between 2004 and 2009, the case of alleged financial misappropriation is being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the ED. The ED has already attached assets worth over Rs 21 crore. This includes Abdullah’s immovable assets worth Rs 11.86 crore.
money used in private business
The ED claimed that its investigation so far has revealed that a person named Ahsan Ahmed Mirza in connivance with other JKCA functionaries siphoned off Rs 51.90 crore of JKCA funds and used the proceeds to set up his private business. did.
It initiated a money laundering probe against JKCA functionaries based on a case registered at Rammunshi Bagh police station in Srinagar. Later on the direction of the High Court, the case was transferred to the CBI. CBI has filed a charge sheet against former JKCA office bearers in connection with misappropriation of funds worth Rs 43.69 crore.
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