Farooq Abdullah: A chargesheet has been filed against former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah in a money laundering case related to financial irregularities in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association. The Enforcement Directorate, which filed the chargesheet, questioned 84-year-old Abdullah several times. He was last interrogated for more than three hours on May 31 in Srinagar. In the same case in 2019, the statement of the three-time chief minister was also recorded. In this case, ED has frozen 11.86 crore assets of Farooq Abdullah in 2020 itself. ED has already interrogated Abdullah several times in this case. There were allegations that Abdullah misused his position as JKCA president and diverted funds given by BCCI.
In this case, there are allegations of misappropriation of funds belonging to the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association. It is learned that the transfers were made to the personal bank accounts of various individuals along with the office bearers of the association. The ED has initiated an investigation into the money laundering case based on the charge sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation against the office bearers of the association. The ED accused Farooq Abdullah of misusing his position as the president of the association and making appointments in the sports association to launder funds sponsored by BCCI.
In September 2019, the then treasurer of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, Ahsan Ahmed Mirza, was arrested by the ED. He is being investigated. ED said that further investigation in this matter is in progress. Political parties in Kashmir have claimed that summons by central investigative agencies are common to all opposition leaders in the country. Abdullah said that until the assembly elections, the central institutions will trouble the opposition leaders.