ED questions Dr Farooq in JKCA case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday questioned former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah in connection with a money laundering case related to alleged financial irregularities in the state’s cricket association, officials said.

They said Dr Farooq Abdullah (incumbent Member Parliament from Srinagar) appeared before the central agency at its Chandigarh office and his statement was being recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had filed the money laundering case after taking cognisance of a CBI FIR and charge sheet.

The charge sheet was filed in July last year against Dr Farooq and three others for allegedly misappropriating over Rs 43 crore from grants given by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) for promoting the sport in the state between 2002-11.

The CBI has charged Dr Farooq and three others — the then JKCA general secretary Muhammad Saleem Khan, the then treasurer Ahsan Ahmad Mirza, and J&K Bank executive Bashir Ahmad Misgar — under sections of the Ranbir Penal Code related to criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust. It had taken over the case from the state police in 2015 on orders of a division bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. Dr Farooq and his son Omar Abdullah have earlier denied any wrongdoing.