Chargesheet Filed Against Farooq Abdullah In Money Laundering Case

Chargesheet Filed Against Farooq Abdullah In Money Laundering Case
New Delhi: A chargesheet has been filed against Farooq Abdullah — former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir — in a money laundering case related to the alleged financial irregularities in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association. The Enforcement Directorate, which filed the chargesheet, has questioned Mr Abdullah, 84, several times. The last time was on May 31, when he was questioned for more than three hours in Srinagar .

The three-time chief minister had also recorded his statement in the same case in 2019. In December 2020, the agency had attached Mr Abdullah’s properties worth ₹ 11.86 crore.

The case involves siphoning of funds belonging to the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, which were transferred to various personal bank accounts of various people including the office bearers of cricket association.

The agency started a money laundering investigation on the basis of a chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation against office bearers of the association.

The agency had alleged that Mr Abdullah “misused” his position as the president of the association and made appointments in the sports body so that the BCCI-sponsored funds could be laundered.

In September 2019, the agency arrested Ahsan Ahmad Mirza, then Treasurer of JKCA. A trial is in progress against him. Further investigation into the matter is in progress, the agency has said.

Political parties in Kashmir Valley have said summons by Central investigation agencies are “common to all opposition” leaders in the country. Mr Abdullah had said the Central agencies will continue to trouble the opposition leaders till the assembly elections are held.


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