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ED Move Against Abdullah In JKCA Case Under Law, Says Former MP CM Gupta

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Former Chief Deputy Minister of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Leader Kavinder Gupta has welcomed the decision of the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) to attach properties of the Lok Sabha member and the former CM Farooq Abdullah worth 11.86 million rupees in the case of the JKCA.

“Under the scam of the JKCA (Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association), the Department of Education has initiated an action attaching three properties of Farooq Abdullah. There was a long-pending investigation lawsuit because it was a big scam, ”Gupta said.

“Among the first to demand a thorough investigation into the scam was the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), a partner in the Gupkar alliance. Hence the PDP feel happy today, “he added.

He was referring to the alliance between the Abdullah National Conference (NC), its rival-turned-ally PDP, and four other parties with the aim of demanding the restoration of the old state’s special status annulled by the Center in a controversial move lately. year.

The BJP of Jammu and Kashmir has denied any political retaliation behind the questioning of the North Carolina President and Lok Sabha Abdullah member in the JKCA case.

Meanwhile, Abdullah’s son, Omar Abdullah, took to Twitter to object to ED’s action.

“My father has seen the media reports about the seizure of his properties in the ongoing investigation into the JKCA matter. It is not surprising that the media received a notice about the seizure before he had received any official notice or documentation, ”he published.

The repossessed properties are largely ancestral, dating from the 1970s, with the most recent being built before 2003. There can be no justification for the seizures because they fail the basic test of being acquired as a “crime” proceeds that is investigated. . .

“Dr. Abdullah is in contact with his lawyers and will fight all these baseless charges in the only place that matters: a court of law, where everyone is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial unlike the court of law. the media or the BJP court handled social networks, ”he added.

The attached properties include three residential houses — one on Gupkar Road, Srinagar; one in Tehsil Katipora, Tanmarg; and one in Bhatindi, Village Sunjwan, (Jammu) — and commercial buildings in the elegant Residency Road area of ​​Srinagar.

According to the ED, between 2005 and 2006 through December 2011, JKCA received funds totaling Rs 109.78 crore from BCCI (Cricket Control Board in India). “Dr. Farooq Abdullah, between 2006 and January 2012 (when he was president of the JKCA), abused his position and influence by illegally appointing an office holder in the JKCA to whom he granted financial powers for the purpose to launder JKCA funds, “the statement read. said.

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