ED questions Omar Abdullah in J&K Bank case, party says it was malicious | ED questions Omar Abdullah in J&K Bank case, party says it was malicious

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J&K National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah.

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate questioned former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for five hours on Thursday. This inquiry was related to the matter related to the purchase of a building by the Jammu and Kashmir Bank when he was the CM about 12 years ago. At the same time, his party termed it as a ‘political exercise’ ahead of the assembly elections in the Union Territory. After spending more than five hours at the ED office in New Delhi, Abdullah said he had not been charged with anything and “gave as much answer as I could”.

‘I will help further if needed’

Abdullah said that ‘if he needed me’, I would help further. Abdullah was summoned by the central agency last week. According to officials, the case pertains to the purchase of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank building in Bandra-Kurla in 2010. The government holds 68 percent stake in the bank. The property of about 65 thousand square feet was bought for Rs 172 crore. Sources said the board of directors had constituted a two-member committee to look for a building in Mumbai and based on its recommendation, approval was given for the purchase of the building, which is the bank’s biggest asset till date.

CM had no role in the purchase of the property
The purchase of the property was approved by the board of directors and the chief minister had no role in it. While Abdullah refused to divulge any details about the ED’s interrogation, the National Conference condemned the Enforcement Directorate’s move to interrogate the party leader, calling it a “malicious defamation” of the former chief minister and the central probe agency. Continuing abuse. “There was a time when elections were announced by the Election Commission but now it seems that they are announced by the ED,” the party alleged in a statement.

‘Another example of misuse of investigative agencies’
The party in its statement said that the ED action is another example of misuse of investigative agencies by the central government. According to sources, Abdullah said during interrogation that as chief minister, he had no role in the purchase of the building. The bank was under the supervision of RBI. On media reports that Abdullah was staying at a property in New Delhi belonging to former director of the bank Nikhil Garware, National Conference sources said that the party has used its vice president’s residence as well as office in the national capital. where he holds meetings with party MPs and others.

‘BJP will not get any concrete result’
“For this, there is a rent agreement between National Conference and a Mumbai-based company. The rent is regularly paid by check from the accounts of the party. In recent years we have seen that wherever state elections are to be held, agencies like ED go ahead and target those parties which challenge the BJP. He said that the summons to his vice-president is also in the same order. “We have no doubt that this ‘fishing operation’ will not give any tangible result to the BJP and people will strongly support the National Conference whenever required,” the spokesperson said.

‘Abdullah appeared as per the notice’
The spokesperson said Abdullah was asked to appear before the ED in Delhi on the ground that his presence was necessary in connection with the probe. “Despite Ramzan being the holy month and not being his primary residence in Delhi, Abdullah did not seek adjournment or change of location and appeared as per the notice,” the spokesperson said. “No political party has been spared, be it ED, CBI, NIA, NCB, all have been used for political purposes,” the spokesperson said. (Language)