The Enforcement Directorate has summoned former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah for interrogation in a money laundering case next week.
Soon after the May 31 summons was issued, his National Conference responded angrily, slamming the BJP and claiming that it was a price the opposition had to pay. Farooq Abdullah has also held the position of union minister.
“When elections are due to be called in any state, the investigating agencies are the first to go in to smooth the way for the BJP. This looks to be the case again this time, and it appears that this is the cost of opposition parties opposing this government “Imran Dar, a spokesperson for the National Conference, issued a statement on Friday afternoon.
“Dr. Abdullah has maintained his innocence in the matter and has cooperated with investigators, and he will do so again in this instance. “It’s also no accident that the only leaders targeted in J&K are members of the PAGD (People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration) alliance parties,” he added.
The 84-year-old veteran lawmaker has been summoned to Chandigarh for questioning on May 31. Previously, in 2020, he was questioned in the investigation at his house in J&K.
The lawsuit involves a 113-crore alleged scam involving the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association. Former JKCA officials have also been charged in the case, including general secretary Mohammed Saleem Khan and former treasurer Ahsan Ahmad Mirza. Previously, the Enforcement Directorate said that Abdullah “misused” his position as president of the JKCA by making appointments in the sports body to launder BCCI-sponsored monies.
The PAGD is a seven-party coalition formed when Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was abolished.
The parties recently objected to the redrawing of the union territory’s electoral map.