The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a charge sheet against former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah in the money laundering case related to the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA). The ED on Tuesday filed a charge sheet against Abdullah in a Srinagar court under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The court has taken cognizance of the ED’s complaint against National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, Ahsan Ahmed Mirza and others and asked them to appear before the court in a money laundering case.
The ED is probing a case of alleged financial irregularities in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association. Farooq Abdullah was the president of JKCA from 2001 to 2012. The Special PMLA Court has taken cognizance of the complaint and issued notices to the accused to appear before the court on August 27.
The supplementary complaint was filed after the ED attached movable and immovable assets worth Rs 21.55 crore of Farooq Abdullah and others. The attached properties included properties of Farooq Abdullah, Ahsan Ahmed Mirza and Mir Manzoor etc. ED had earlier questioned Abdullah in the multicrore J&K Cricket Association scam case.
What is the whole matter?
In fact, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gave Rs 112 crore to the State Cricket Association for the promotion of the game in Jammu and Kashmir between 2011 and 2012. It was alleged that out of this amount, Rs 46.30 crore was misused.
A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in 2015 by two cricketers- Majid Yakub Dar and Nisar Ahmed Khan, in connection with the alleged scam that surfaced in 2012.
The case was later handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the alleged embezzlement of funds in the Cricket Association headed by Abdullah. The ED had attached Abdullah’s assets worth Rs 11.86 crore in this case in 2020.
The ED alleges that Abdullah had misused his position as the JKCA president in the past. Also, appointments were made in the association in such a way that BCCI sponsored funds could be misused.