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ED questions Farooq Abdullah in JKCA laundering case | India News – Times of India

SRINAGAR: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned former J&Ok chief minister Farooq Abdullah (pic) on Monday in reference to alleged irregularities of greater than Rs 100 crore within the J&Ok Cricket Affiliation whereas he was its president.
Abdullah, who’s being investigated in a cash laundering case, spent greater than 5 hours on the ED’s Srinagar workplace, stories Saleem Pandit. “I’m fairly clear. I’ll at all times face them,” the Nationwide Convention chief advised journalists after he got here out of the company’s workplace, and rued that he missed his lunch as a result of prolonged questioning session”.
Abdullah’s second interrogation got here quickly after he held an all-party assembly on October 15 at his residence and introduced the formation of the Individuals’s Alliance to combat for the restoration of Article 370 within the erstwhile state. All main events of J&Ok, together with the Individuals’s Democratic Get together and Individuals’s Convention of Sajad Lone, CPM and the Awami Nationwide Convention, have joined the entrance.
The NC chief, nonetheless, avoided commenting when requested if the summons was in any method related to the formation of the brand new political entrance. “Don’t carry the Gupkar declaration into this,” he stated. Each PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah of the NC referred to as the ED summons “vindictive politics” supposed to “browbeat mainstream events in J&Ok”.
Omar was extra forthcoming and blamed the ED motion as “nothing lower than political vendetta coming days after the formation of the Individuals’s Alliance”.
In February, the ED had connected belongings of Rs 2.6 crore of Ashan Ahmad Mirza and Mir Manzoor Gazanffer, shut associates of Abdullah, within the cash laundering case for alleged misappropriation of funds of JKCA. Sources stated between 2002 and 2011, JKCA acquired Rs 112 crore from the BCCI.
Farooq Abdullah, then its president, “appointed” Mirza as “treasurer” in 2003 although he was not elected at the moment and thru him, allegedly laundered the cash of JKCA.The ED has al so claimed to have unearthed a number of transactions the place JKCA funds have been “illegally” transferred into Mirza’s private accounts.
The company claimed that the previous CM had allegedly used Mirza to open a number of accounts in J&Ok Financial institution utilizing “fictitious paperwork” to launder funds. Abdullah had made Mirza the signatory to cheques issued within the identify of JKCA. The function of a senior government of J&Ok Financial institution, now retired, can also be beneath scrutiny for serving to Abdullah.

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