ED quizzes Farooq Abdullah in JKCA scam in Chandigarh
Srinagar: Farooq Abdullah, National conference president and parliamentarian, is being quizzed by enforcement directorate in connection with alleged JKCA scam, in Chandigarh, according to reports.
Farooq is being questioned under PMLA in Chandigarh, news channels reporter.
In 2016, former three time chief minister of the state, Farooq was charged by the CBI in a corruption case linked to the state cricket body. The CBI in February 2016 had filed a charge sheet against Farooq and three others for allegedly misappropriating over Rs. 43 crore from grants given by the BCCI to the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association for promoting cricket in the state between 2002 to 2011.
The CBI had charged Farooq and three others—the then JKCA general secretary Md Saleem Khan and the then treasurer Ahsan Ahmad Mirza, as also J&K Bank executive Bashir Ahmad Misgar—for criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.
In a statement, National Conference had said Farooq has full faith in the judicial system and re-asserts his commitment to cooperate with the court’s proceedings.
“It was Farooq Abdullah who sought the registration of an FIR relating to this matter in the first place. Dr Farooq Abdullah has led his life guided by the strictest principles of selfless public service and probity. He is certain that truth shall prevail,” the party had said.
The CBI had taken over the case from the state police in 2015 on orders of Jammu and Kashmir High Court on a Public Interest Litigation or PIL filed by two cricketers — Majid Yaqoob Dar and Nissar Ahmad Khan — into the alleged scam.
Farooq in his response to the high court notice had refuted the allegations claiming that his name was being dragged to tarnish his political image.
by INS Desk