National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah. (file photo)
The troubles of former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference chief and MP Farooq Abdullah may increase. On Monday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) sent summons under money laundering charges in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association scam case and asked them to appear for questioning at the ED office in Srinagar tomorrow i.e. Tuesday. ED had filed the charge sheet in this case in 2022.
According to the allegations in the charge sheet, during his tenure as the President, Farooq Abdullah had diverted the funds received by the officials of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association and other people in the name of development of the game and used it for personal gain. There have also been allegations of sending this fund to many private bank accounts and close relatives. After this, the funds were later distributed.
CBI had filed the charge sheet in 2018
In this case, ED had started investigation of money laundering on the basis of the charge sheet filed by CBI in the year 2018. Rs 112 crore was given to the association by BCCI, out of which a scam of Rs 43.6 crore was revealed. It is alleged that this scam took place when Farooq Abdullah was the President of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association between 2001 and 2012.
Summons were also sent on January 11
The central agency had earlier summoned 86-year-old Abdullah in this case on January 11, but he did not appear. After which now ED has issued summons to him for the second time. Now it remains to be seen whether Farooq Abdullah appears before the ED this time or not.
Let us tell you that many opposition leaders in the country are on the target of ED in different cases. Recently, former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren was arrested on land scam charges. Hemant Soren is currently on ED remand. On the other hand, many leaders of Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi are behind bars. Along with former Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh is also in jail.