Nearly two months after being quizzed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), a neighborhood court docket in Srinagar has summoned former Chief Minister and president of National Conference Dr. Farooq Abdullah within the notorious Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) rip-off.
Taking cognizance of the criticism filed by the ED in opposition to Abdullah and others within the J&Okay Cricket Association (JKCA) cash laundering case, the Principal District and Sessions Judge, Srinagar issued the summons for showing on August 27.
According to a information company, earlier than issuing the summons, the Court listened to Additional Solicitor General Tahir Majid Shamsi, representing the ED, and likewise perused information produced by the company within the much-publicized rip-off.
Earlier grilled by ED in the identical rip-off
Earlier the Enforcement Directorate on May 31 questioned Dr. Farooq Abdullah for greater than three hours in reference to a money-laundering case linked to alleged monetary irregularities within the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association.
The ED had summoned Dr. Abdullah within the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) rip-off. This was the third time Dr. Abdullah, who was the president of the JKCA from 2001 to 2011, was questioned by the ED.
Dr. Abdullah was questioned in 2019 and 2020 by the ED, which is investigating the alleged misappropriation of funds by the JKCA.
History J&Okay Cricket Association rip-off
The rip-off got here to gentle ten years in the past when Muhammad Aslam Goni, the then JKCA managing committee chairman, lodged an FIR with the police on March 10, 2012, in opposition to Ahsan Mirza and Mohammad Saleem Khan – the then JKCA basic secretary and chief administrative officer respectively – accusing the duo of pushing the funds into bogus financial institution accounts created within the title of the affiliation.
From 2006 to 2012, the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) had given a whopping quantity of Rs 113 crore to the Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association as a grant for the promotion of cricket in J&Okay. Of this, Rs. 43.69 crore was allegedly siphoned off and misappropriated by some office-bearers of the Association.
It was alleged that in this era, the then president of Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association Dr. Farooq Abdullah connived with the treasurer of JKCA and others to siphon off the funds. Mir Manzoor Gazanfar, who resigned because the treasurer of JKCA in 2008, had claimed that Dr. Abdullah visited his resort in Srinagar and made him signal clean cheques.
Gazanfar alleged that Dr. Farooq Abdullah got here with Ehsan Mirza, the then basic secretary of JKCA, and compelled him (Gazanfar) to sing some clean cheques.
Ehsan Mirza can also be accused of defrauding the affiliation of over Rs 30 crore after allegedly opening bogus financial institution accounts on its behalf. He was later sacked on prices of embezzlement. He, nevertheless, claims that he has been made a scapegoat.
- In 2015, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court handed over the investigation of the alleged rip-off to the CBI whereas indicting the state police for failing to hold out the probe by which Dr. Farooq Abdullah was named.
- The CBI had in 2018 filed a chargesheet in opposition to 4, together with Farooq Abdullah, who was the president of the state cricket board over alleged misappropriation of funds amounting to Rs 43.69 crore by the accused workplace bearers.
- On October 21, 2020, Dr. Farooq Abdullah appeared earlier than the Enforcement Directorate’s regional workplace in Rajbagh in Srinagar’s Civil Lines.
- The Enforcement Directorate connected properties price Rs 11.86 crore linked to Dr. Farooq Abdullah in reference to the rip-off on December 19, 2020.
- The connected belongings included property at Gupkar Road, Srinagar, a property at Tehsil Katipora, Tanmarg, a property at Bhatindi in Jammu, and one business property at Residency Road space of Srinagar.
- On May 31, 2022, ED once more grilled Dr. Farooq Abdullah in identical rip-off for over three hours.