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Enforcement Directorate questions NC Chief Farooq Abdullah in JKCA scam case

Enforcement Directorate (ED) has questioned National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah in connection with Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) scam. Ten office-bearers of the JKCA, including Mr Abdullah, are accused of turning the sports body into a lending agency and operating several bogus accounts between 2005 and 2012 when the scam was unearthed. Mr Abdullah was questioned by at the ED’s Srinagar office yesterday in connection with its probe into the multi-crore scam.

The scam came to light in March 2012 when JKCA treasurer Manzoor Wazir filed a police complaint against former general secretary Mohammad Saleem Khan and former treasurer Ahsan Mirza. Soon, a list with around 50 names linked to the financial scandal was out. Mr Abdullah lost the post of JKCA president later after holding it for more than three decades. ED has attached assets worth 2.6 crore rupees in a money laundering case related to the alleged embezzlement of funds of JKCA.

The ED case is based on a CBI FIR filed to probe the scam. The CBI has filed a charge sheet against Farooq Abdullah, Mohammad Saleem Khan, Ahsan Mirza, Mir Manzoor Gazanffer Ali, Bashir Ahmad Misgar and Gulzar Ahmad Beigh for misappropriation of JKCA funds amounting to 43.69 crore rupees between 2002-11.

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