Nationwide Convention president Farooq Abdullah has approached the Jammu and Kashmir Excessive Court docket towards an Enforcement Directorate order attaching his properties price almost Rs 12 crore in a case of alleged cash laundering.
The previous Jammu and Kashmir chief minister challenged the December 2020 order earlier than the excessive court docket on Wednesday. It’s scheduled to return up for listening to later Friday.
The ED has alleged that Mr Abdullah “misused” his place as president of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Affiliation (JKCA) from 2001-2011 and made appointments within the sports activities physique so Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) sponsored funds could possibly be laundered.
Abdullah mentioned the record of properties hooked up by the ED in Kashmir and in Jammu have been unrelated to the alleged prison exercise talked about within the Ultimate Report/FIR and termed it a “persevering with violation of his elementary rights”.
Based on social gathering MP Hasnain Masoodi, the properties have been both ancestral or acquired earlier than the alleged offence happened and have been subsequently not concerned in any money-laundering or associated prison exercise.
Abdullah raised the validity of the ED within the case. He mentioned in his petition that on the date of the registration of the ECIR (Enforcement Fee Info Report) and the initiation of investigation, the state of Jammu and Kashmir was ruled by the Structure of Jammu and Kashmir, 1956, and had particular standing beneath Article 370 of the Structure of India.
He mentioned the ED registered the case on December 28, 2018, beneath the Ranbir Penal Code (the Indian Penal Code’s substitute within the erstwhile state) with out ascertaining whether or not it had any jurisdiction to take action.
On December 19, 2020 the ED issued a provisional order attaching the properties beneath the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA). An enchantment could possibly be filed earlier than the adjudicating authority of the PMLA inside a six-month interval.
Based on an ED assertion, the hooked up properties embrace three residential homes — at Gupkar Street in Srinagar, Katipora Tehsil in Tanmarg and Bhatindi in Sunjwan village of Jammu.
“A business constructing at posh Residency Street in Srinagar has additionally been hooked up moreover lands at 4 totally different locations in JK,” the company had mentioned.
Whereas the e-book worth of the hooked up properties is Rs 11.86 crore, their market worth is estimated to be about Rs 60-70 crore, officers mentioned.
The 84-year-old NC patron has been questioned by the ED within the case a number of instances, the final in October 2020 at Srinagar.
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