, Deeptiman Tiwary
| New Delhi, Srinagar |
Updated: October 20, 2020 4:19:12 am
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday questioned National Conference president Farooq Abdullah in reference to a case of alleged cash laundering. The case is expounded to alleged irregularities in grants given by BCCI to Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA).
The ED motion, which got here days after political events of Jammu and Kashmir got here collectively to announce a united wrestle for the restoration of Article 370, evoked offended reactions within the Valley.
The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration condemned the Centre’s “vindictive politics” and “witch hunt”, and mentioned that it had been “unnerved” by the approaching collectively of Kashmir’s events. It alleged the motion was supposed “to kill dissent” throughout the nation and to “silence the real demand for reversal of unilateral and unconstitutional selections of fifth August, 2019”.
This is the second time that Farooq Abdullah has been questioned on this case – the primary time was in Chandigarh, earlier than J&Okay was stripped of its particular standing and Farooq was himself put below detention.
Farooq had denied the allegations towards him on the time. “I’ve achieved no improper. I’m open to investigation. I’ve recorded my assertion right this moment. The matter is sub judice and I’ve full religion within the judiciary of the nation,” he had mentioned.
The ED’s case relies on an FIR by the CBI, which has already chargesheeted Farooq for allegedly siphoning off Rs 43 crore from grants given by BCCI to JKCA. The funds have been allegedly diverted between 2002 and 2011, when Farooq was JKCA president.
In February, ED had hooked up belongings price Rs 2.6 crore belonging to 2 accused within the case, Ahsan Ahmad Mirza and Mir Manzoor Gazanffer. In an announcement then, the ED had mentioned that its investigation had discovered that in 2005-06 to 2011-12 (as much as December 2011) JKCA acquired Rs 94.06 crore from BCCI in its three financial institution accounts, however the funds have been transferred into a number of different accounts that have been opened within the identify of JKCA. These accounts together with the prevailing financial institution accounts, have been later used for laundering funds, the ED had alleged.
“…Ahsan Ahmad Mirza transferred enormous quantity into his private financial institution accounts after which these quantities have been additional transferred / paid or withdrawn in money. Out of the laundered quantities, Rs. 1.31 crore was acquired by Mir Manzoor Gazanffer, who was member of a Finance Committee of JKCA, between 12 months 2006 to 2009, which was arbitrarily constituted by Dr Farooq Abdullah, the then President of JKCA,” the ED mentioned.
The company additionally claimed that in 2004, the JKCA’s elected treasurer Mukhtar Kanth had resigned, and Abdullah had instantly appointed Mirza treasurer with out holding elections as mandated below the JKCA Rules, 1957.
According to the ED, Mirza and Gazanffer “opened a private checking account of their joint names with Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd. and crores of rupees of funds belonging to JKCA have been transferred into this joint checking account and these funds have been both withdrawn in money or transferred to different financial institution accounts… In… 2009, Mirza was elected as Treasurer of JKCA with Dr Farooq Abdullah and Saleem Khan, have been elected as President and General Secretary of JKCA, respectively. In the JKCA elections held in 12 months 2011, ‘Ahsan Ahmad Mirza’ was elected because the General Secretary of JKCA and Dr. Farooq Abdullah was elected as President of JKCA. Investigation below PMLA revealed that in this complete interval, funds of JKCA have been constantly laundered,” the ED mentioned in its assertion.
In a chargesheet filed in July 2018, the CBI had alleged that Farooq had connived with the treasurer of JKCA and others for misappropriation of funds. The CBI had charged Farooq and three others — Saleem Khan, Ahsan Ahmad Mirza, and J&Okay Bank government Bashir Ahmad Misgar — below provisions of the Ranbir Penal Code associated to prison conspiracy and prison breach of belief.
Notably, when Farooq was referred to as for questioning initially within the case, company sources had mentioned he was being referred to as as a witness. However, sources claimed, through the investigation, proof was discovered towards him.
The CBI chargesheet got here weeks after the BJP pulled its assist to the PDP-led coalition authorities within the state. The CBI had taken over the case from the state police in 2015 on orders of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
In a tweet on Monday, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti mentioned: “ED’s sudden summon to Farooq sahab shows the extent of GOI’s nervousness about mainstream events in J&Okay combating as one unit. Also reeks of political vendetta & received’t within the least blunt our collective resolve to battle for our rights.”
Former BJP ally and People’s Conference chief Sajjad Lone tweeted: “What a sorry state of affairs. Dr Farooq sahib summoned by ED. Reeks of vendetta. Contrary to what they need to coercively obtain this can definitely have the other influence.”
Farooq’s son and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “…This is nothing much less then political vendetta coming days after the formation of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration. To set the document straight no raids are being performed at Dr Sahib’s residence.”
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