New Delhi: Former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has once again been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate concerning an alleged money laundering case. The 86-year-old, who currently represents Srinagar in the Lok Sabha, was previously called in for questioning last month.
The case revolves around the purported misappropriation of funds belonging to the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, which were allegedly diverted to personal bank accounts, including those of association officials. Specifically, between 2001 and 2012, the Board of Cricket Control, India (BCCI), allocated ₹112 crore to the JKCA for cricket development in the region.
The investigation into potential money laundering activities commenced in 2018 following a chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation against the association’s office-bearers. Abdullah, who served as the association’s chairman during the period in question, was named in the chargesheet in 2022.
The allegations outlined in the chargesheet suggest that during his tenure, Mr. Abdullah redirected funds meant for cricket development towards personal gains. According to the chargesheet, these funds were initially deposited into various private bank accounts before being distributed among the accused parties.