ED questions Dr Farooq Abdullah in cricket association scam

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In a development which can have far-reaching political implications, Enforcement Directorate (ED) is grilling former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah in connection with the multi-crore Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association scam.

“Farooq Abdullah was summoned to appear before the agency at their Chandigarh office. Around 12.30 pm on Wednesday, he appeared before the financial probe agency,” India Today quoted sources as saying.

The report said that Farooq Abdullah has been previously interrogated by a team of CBI in the alleged scam in January 2018. The investigation in the case is still on.

“In 2015, The Jammu and Kashmir High Court handed over the investigation of the alleged Rs 113 crore scam in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) to the CBI while indicting the state police for failing to carry out the probe in which former chief minister Farooq Abdullah has been named,” said the report.

While referring to Abdullah’s name in the scam and citing reasons for handing over the probe to the CBI, the court had said that the president of the JKCA is a “tall political personality” having served as the CM of the state and served as the Union minister in the previous government.

His complicity is alleged in granting approval to two contradictory resolutions pertaining to the operation of bogus accounts of the JKCA to keep accused Ahsan Mirza in control of financial matters despite his ceasing to be a treasurer after the 2011 elections.

The court had also said that since the embezzled funds have allegedly originated from BCCI in Mumbai, the Crime Branch would encounter a lot of hassles in investigations as its jurisdiction is limited to the state, reported India Today.

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