Omar Abdullah, former chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir and National Conference vice president, was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in New Delhi on Thursday regarding the purchase of a building by the J&K Bank around 12 years ago. The ED had filed the case earlier this year.
The National Conference leader reached the investigation agency’s headquarters in the morning where his statement was being recorded, the officials said.
Meanwhile, Omar’s party, the National Conference, is saying that he has not been involved in any wrongdoing. He has been fully cooperating in the probe.
The National Conference on Thursday said that its vice-president and former chief minister, Omar Abdullah, will cooperate with investigative agencies since “there is no wrongdoing on his part and he is not an accused in any matter under investigation.”
ED calls Abdullah in Delhi
The NC said Abdullah was called by the ED to Delhi to appear before it on Thursday on the grounds that his attendance was necessary in connection with an investigation.
Accusing the centre of misusing investigative agencies, an NC spokesperson said, “This is another step in the same direction.” No political party that puts up meaningful opposition to the BJP has been spared, whether it is the ED, CBI, NIA, or NCB – all have been used for political purposes.
In recent years, we have seen that wherever state elections are due, agencies like the ED move in and target those parties who pose a challenge to the BJP. “
The party has emphasised that “this exercise is political in nature. This summon is another step in the vicious vilification campaign that started even before August 5th, 2019, when constitutional position holders like the then Governor were used to make slanderous accusations against opponents of the BJP, knowing full well that there was no legal recourse available to those at the receiving end of these lies.