ED Files Charge Sheet Against Farooq Abdullah

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By: Anand Singh
Updated: 26 July, 2022 6:05 pm IST
ED files charges against former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a charge sheet against former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference party chief Farooq Abdullah in connection with Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) money laundering case.

The ED said that the supplementary charge sheet has been filed against Abdullah, Mirza Sons (a firm), Ahman Ahmad Mirza, Mir Manzoor Gazanffer, and others on June 4 this year under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA), before a Special PMLA Court in Srinagar.

The Special court has taken cognizance of the complaint and issued notices to the accused persons for appearance before it on August 27.

The ED has already attached movable as well as immovable properties to the tune of ₹21.55 crore of Abdullah, Mirza Sons, Gazanffer and Mirza in February 2020, December 2020 and February 2022.

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The ED’s money laundering probe relates to the siphoning-off of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) funds by way of transfer to various personal bank accounts of unrelated parties including those of office bearers of JKCA and by way of unexplained cash withdrawals from JKCA bank accounts.

ED registered a case of money laundering investigation based on a charge sheet filed by CBI on July 11, 2018, against six office bearers of JKCA in a case it filed in September 2015 for wrongful loss to JKCA and corresponding wrongful gain to the accused persons to the tune of ₹43.69 crores.

The quantum of proceeds of crime identified by ED in this case so far is ₹51.90 crores out of which assets worth ₹21.55 crores have been attached by ED.

Earlier ED had arrested Mirza, the then treasurer of JKCA, on September 4, 2019, and a charge sheet was filed on November 1, 2019, against him, in which trial is in progress.

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