ED questions Farooq Abdullah on cricket scam worth Rs 43 crores in J and K

19th October 2020

19th October 2020

The role of Farooq Abdullah in the scam around Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister was being questioned at the ED office in Srinagar, said reports.

The scam in question involves the misappropriation of the J&K Cricket Association funds of Rs 43 crores. When the incident happened the chairman of the association was Farooq Abdullah.

In 2019 as well, the NC patron was questioned by the ED ahead of the revocation of Article 370 that provided special status to J&K and when most Kashmiri politicians were put under house arrest in August 2019 as a precaution.

Earlier this year, Farooq got relief from house arrest, and after that, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, PDP chief were also relieved.

“The party will be responding to this ED summons shortly. This is nothing less then political vendetta coming days after the formation of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration. To set the record straight no raids are being conducted at Dr Sahib’s residence (sic),” tweeted Omar Abdullah.

A charge sheet has been filed by the CBI against Farooq along with 3 others in regarding their role in the case. They all have been accused of misappropriating the association's funds of Rs 43 crores out of Rs 112 crore approximately that BCCI had given to the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association to promote cricket during 2002-2011.

Along with Farooq, 3 others including Md Saleem Khan, JKCA's the then general secretary, Bashir Ahmad Misgar, J&K Bank executive, and Ahsan Ahmad Mirza, the then treasurer have been accused by the CBI.

In a statement, the CBI said "It was alleged that the BCCI had given Rs 112 crore (approx) to JKCA from the year 2002 to 2011 as grant for the promotion of game of cricket in the state, out of which Rs 43.69 crore (approx) was siphoned off and misappropriated by the accused persons."

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