Enforcement Directorate questions former CM for seven hours in Srinagar on JKCA Scam
Kamran Ashraf Bhat
Srinagar: In an new development, Enforcement Directorate summoned, former CM of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Farooq Abdullah and questioned him for seven hours in Srinagar.
According to official sources, Mr Abdullah was questioned on Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Scam , which he has been facing from time to time.
Responding on long and tiredy day, Farooq Abdullah said that he didn’t get time to have lunch.
In a press brief, Former CM said that he is positive and let the agency do his work.
” I have no burden, I am clear from any illegitimate action, I will always confront them with the brave approach , no matter what, ” the former Union Minister said.
“ Courts are free to decide my fate when Enforcement Directorate will press charges and send a reference to Honourable court. I hadn’t free time to lunch”.
Responding to a question on whether he was grilled by Enforcement agency due to ‘Gupkar Declaration ‘, Farooq Abdullah strongly avoided to respond,” Don’t relate Gupkar move to this action”.
On answering, weather ED had summoned him for Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association Scam , Dr Farooq Abdullah was reluctant and download played on the questions from media. “Ask Enforcement Directorate, don’t be bothered on it,” said Farooq.
Dr Farooq Abdullah was reluctant not to give any answer against questions from media on, whether he was summoned on Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association Scam. “Ask Enforcement Directorate not me, why are you bothered about it,” said, Farooq.
When media persons asked him , if ED had made any dent on his stance against current situation, Farooq Abdullah said,“ It is not about me or my own existence, it is local Public demand. This will continue whether Farooq Abdullah is dead or alive.”
Abdullah’s son and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the questioning was political vendetta and connected it to the alliance forged by six political parties from the region over the restoration of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The party will be responding to this ED summons shortly. This is nothing less than political vendetta coming days after the formation of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration. To set the record straight no raids are being conducted at Dr Sahib’s residence,” Omer Abdullah said in a tweet.
Meanwhile former lady CM of Jammu and Kashmir, Mebooba Mufti termed this move as retaliation against alliance , “ED’s sudden summon to Farooq sahab displays the extent of GOIs nervousness about mainstream parties in J&K fighting as one unit. Also, reeks of political vendetta & won’t in the least blunt our collective resolve to fight for our rights,” she tweeted.
According to the CBI investigation, bogus accounts were created in J&K Bank in the name of JKCA and the BCCI funds were diverted to these accounts and subsequently siphoned off. The BCCI had given Rs 113 crore to the JKCA from 2002 to 2011 for the promotion of cricket in the region and Rs.43.69 crores were allegedly siphoned off and misappropriated by the accused.
It is pertinent to mention, Farooq Abdullah was named in the scam in 2012 and case is based on a Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI’s) FIR as part of which the CBI booked former office-bearers of JKCA, including general secretary Saleem Khan and Treasurer Ahsan Mirza.