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ED questions Farooq Abdullah in cricket body scam

Last Updated on October 19, 2020 at 5:25 pm

Former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in link with a possible Jammu and Kashmir Cricket scam.

According to the sources he was questioned in Srinagar and it is based on his bank account details. 

Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) gave Rs 112 Crore to the state of Jammu and Kashmir for promoting Cricket in the region. It was alleged that out of the total sum, 46.3 Crores were embezzled by the accused.

In 2015, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court transfered the case to the CBI after 
CBI filed chargesheet against 4 people including former CM Farooq Abdullah on 16 July, 2018. Along with the NC patron, then executive of J&K Bank Bashir Ahmed Misghar, the then General Secretary Salim Khan and the then treasurer Afshan Ahmed Mirza were also chargesheeted by the CBI.

All the four accused were charged with the section 406 (criminal breach of trust), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, banker, merchant or agent) of RPC. Afshan Miraza has been arrested in September 2019, after his failure to explain the suspicious transactions.

Under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), former CM’s statement will be recorded. 82 years old political veteran’s party National Conference called it a political vendetta. His party said that they knew it was coming and the BJP is using national agencies in an order to retaliate to the new alliance. A National Conference spokesperson said that it is clear that it is a political vendetta because the ED letter came after the Gupkar Declaration.

Mehbooba Mufti, leader of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former alliance partner of BJP, tweeted that the Government of India is nervous about mainstream parties in Jammu and Kashmir fighting as one unit. ED’s sudden summon to Farooq Abdullah proves that.

She also added that it reeks of political vendetta. 

PDP, NC and three other political parties announced People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration on October 15. The main aim of this alliance is to restore Articles 35A and 370 as pre-August 5, 2019.