ED Questions Former J&K CM Omar Abdullah In Bank Scam Case, Party Says “Fishing Expedition”

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has questioned Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in the J&K Bank money laundering case. He was questioned by ED on April 7.

The J&K Bank Chairman Mushtaq Ahmad Shaikh and others were booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation for alleged irregularities in sanctioning of loans and investments.

Taking cognizance of CBI’s FIR, Enforcement Directorate has initiated a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) probe.

Last year CBI had registered a case against the then management of J&K Bank for buying a property from M/s Akruti Gold Builders in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla in 2010 allegedly at an exorbitant rate of ₹ 180 crore in “blatant disregard to the tendering process under a well-knit conspiracy.”

Speaking with news agency ANI, Omar Abdullah said, “They (ED) didn’t accuse me of anything. They called me for questioning in connection with an ongoing investigation of a 12-13-yr-old case. I answered them as much as I could. I will further help them if they need me.”

Abdullah’s party, the Jammu Kashmir National Conference (JKNC), has attacked on the Centre, accusing it of using central agencies for political purposes.

Taking to Twitter, JKNC tweeted, “JKNC Vice President Omar Abdullah was called by the ED to Delhi to appear before it today on the grounds that his attendance was necessary in connection with an investigation. Even though this exercise is political in nature he will cooperate as there is no wrongdoing on his part.”

“We have no doubt that this fishing expedition will yield no concrete results to the BJP and the people will give a ringing endorsement to the national conference as and when required,” the party said.

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