Senior politician Farooq Abdullah, 82, questioned right now for practically seven hours by the Enforcement Directorate in reference to alleged irregularities within the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Affiliation, issued a spirited assertion to the press within the night, declaring: “I’m not anxious, why are you anxious? The one remorse I’ve is that I couldn’t have my lunch”.
Mr Abdullah additionally reiterated his social gathering’s stand on the Article 370 difficulty – his Nationwide Convention and different J&Okay events known as the summons “political vendetta” and identified that it got here after the Gupkar Declaration – saying the “battle will go on whether or not Farooq Abdullah is alive or useless”.
“You (the press) have requested no matter you needed to. You solely need tales… not bothered by the rest. They (the investigating company) have their job to do. I’ve my job to do. There’s nothing else to say,” Mr Abdullah instructed reporters exterior the company’s workplace in Srinagar.
The Nationwide Convention stated in a press release issued earlier that Mr Abdullah maintains his innocence within the matter and can cooperate in what’s “nothing however a witch-hunt”. Based on information company PTI, Mr Abdullah stated the ED solely had follow-up questions after a session final yr.
“I’m not anxious, why are you anxious? The one remorse I’ve is that I couldn’t have my lunch,” he stated when requested if he was involved concerning the inquiry.
Mr Abdullah additionally performed down “political vendetta” feedback – additionally made by his son Omar Abdullah. “Not for me to determine. The courtroom will determine,” he stated.
Nonetheless, Mr Abdullah – one among a whole bunch of political leaders detained by the centre hours earlier than it moved to finish particular standing below Article 370 final August – stated his questioning would change nothing.
“Our battle will go on whether or not Farooq Abdullah is alive or useless. Our resolve has not modified and won’t change even when I had been to be hanged. It isn’t Farooq Abdullah or the Nationwide Convention’s battle alone. It’s the battle of all of the individuals of Jammu and Kashmir,” he stated.
In the meantime, Omar Abdullah tweeted a protracted assertion this night, by which the Individuals’s Alliance – the end result of the Gupkar Declaration – hit out on the centre over “vindictive politics… to kill dissent and disagreement throughout the nation”.
“… the central authorities, unnerved by the unity amongst the individuals… to pursue the targets of the Gupkar Declaration… is resorting to a sport of witch-hunt and suppression,” the assertion stated.
Assertion issued by the Individuals’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration on right now’s ED summons to Dr Farooq Abdullah. @MehboobaMufti, @sajadlone, @tarigami@MuzzafarShah1. #JKPM. pic.twitter.com/DibQ2ypHRc
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 19, 2020
The unique Gupkar Declaration (the second was signed on Thursday) was signed August four final yr after an all-party assembly at Farooq Abdullah’s Gupkar Street dwelling in Srinagar.
Regional events and the Congress resolved to guard J&Okay’s particular constitutional standing and struggle towards any transfer to dilute it. A day later the centre enforced its huge Article 370 choice.
Mr Abdullah and three others are named in a 2018 cost sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation that claims misappropriation of Rs 43.69 crore from the J&Okay cricket physique between 2002 and 2011.
He was summoned right now – not by the CBI however the ED, which investigates large-scale monetary crimes and is probing allegations of cash laundering in the identical case.
With enter from PTI