Enforcement Directorate today launched an investigation into a case of misappropriation of funds by the state cricket body by Farooq Abdullah, leader of the National Conference Party and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
Section 370, which gives special powers to Jammu and Kashmir, was repealed and the Union Government announced on August 5 last year that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh would be divided into two Union Territories.
On the first day of the announcement, more than 100 people were arrested, including People’s Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference Party leader Farooq Abdullah, and his son and former prime minister Omar Abdullah.
All three former chiefs were placed under house arrest. Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah, who have been under house arrest since August last year, were released in March. Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was released last week.
In this context, the three leaders last week held consultations on the action to be taken against the repeal of Section 370 in Kashmir.
The Enforcement Directorate today questioned Farooq Abdullah in a case related to the misuse of funds of the state cricket body when he was the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
From 2002 to 2011, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) alleged that Rs 43.69 crore of funds provided to the Jammu and Kashmir State Cricket Association had been misappropriated. Subsequently, the case was transferred to the CBI for investigation.
The CBI, which is probing the case, has indicted former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, Jammu and Kashmir cricket general secretary Mohammad Saleem Khan, treasurer Asan Ahmed Mirza, Mir Mansoor Kasanbar Ali, Basir Ahmed Miskar and Kulsar Ahmed Peik.
Based on the first information report of the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate has also registered the first information report and is conducting an investigation. The investigation revealed that the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association had received Rs 94.06 crore from the BCCI in three bank accounts from 2005-2006 to 2011-2012. This money was not taken into account.
Enforcement officials subsequently questioned Farooq Abdullah this morning under the Illegal Money Laundering Act. However, no questions were asked about the timing of the investigation.