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Enforcement Directorate attaches properties in JKCA money laundering case

Last Updated on March 4, 2022 at 5:15 pm

As a part of its current investigation going on in the case of alleged money laundering by former office bearers of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), Enforcement Directorate said that it has “provisionally attached” immovable properties worth Rs 7.25 crore of Ahsan Ahmad Mirza.

Earlier in December 2020, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah’s property was provisionally attached who was JKCA president from 2001 to 2012. The scam is about alleged financial misappropriation between 2004 and 2009 and is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

In a statement, the ED said that in this case, properties worth Rs 14.32 crore have already been attached previously Rs 2.46 crore of movable and immovable assets of Mirza and Mir Manzoor Ghazanfar, and Rs 11.86 crore of immovable assets of Abdullah. Abdullah’s petition contended that the ED had nowhere conducted an independent inquiry into the case “rendering it inherently biased”. “Nowhere has the ED satisfactorily offered reasons to believe that the petitioner is in possession of proceeds of crime, or that such proceeds are likely to be concealed,” it stated. Challenging the provisional attachment order of the ED, it contended that the commercial property attached by the Central probe agency at Srinagar was shown even in records of the Estate Department as “undivided property held by the entire family of the petitioner (Abdullah). The lease was renewed in 1981”.