NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday questioned Jammu and Kashmir former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah in connection with alleged irregularities in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) case.
According to ED officials, the National Conference chief arrived at the ED office in Srinagar around 11 am and was questioned for over three hours
The officials said that Abdullah was questioned under the sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Before going inside the ED office, the former three-time chief minister of the erstwhile state linked his questioning by the financial probe agency with the forthcoming assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
“I won’t say much (about the summons) there are elections to be held and they will trouble us till then,” the Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar said.
The National Conference chief was JKCA president from 2001 to 2012 and the scam being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED is about alleged financial misappropriation between 2004 and 2009.
The ED in a statement earlier had 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 Ahsan Ahmad Mirza and Mir Manzoor Ghazanfar, and Rs 11.86 crore of immovable assets of Abdullah.
The ED claimed its probe so far has revealed that Mirza, in connivance with other office bearers of the JKCA, had misappropriated JKCA funds to the tune of Rs 51.90 crore and utilised proceeds of crime for settling his personal and business liabilities.
The ED registered a case of money laundering against the JKCA office bearers on the basis of a case registered at a Police Station in Srinagar. The case was later transferred to the CBI on the high court’s directions.
The CBI has earlier filed a charge sheet in the case against the former JKCA office bearers for misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 43.69 crore.