ED Questions Farooq Abdullah for Five Hours, NC Expresses Dismay
His party reportedly alleged that the government was acting on its agenda of ‘cornering any voices of dissent’.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah, who turned 84 on Wednesday, 21 October, also spent five hours of that day being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), in connection with a case of alleged misappropriation of money when he was chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, according to PTI.
Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to express his anger and say, "This on a day when my father turns 84!"
The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference also expressed dismay over the ED’s second summons to party President Farooq Abdullah.
This is the second time Farooq Abdullah has been called for questioning by the ED in this week. On Monday, the octogenarian was questioned by the same agency for six hours.
In a statement, the party alleged that the government was acting on its agenda of “cornering any voices of dissent”.
National Conference spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar, termed the summons as “calculated coercive measures” and said they were aimed at curtailing Farooq Abdullah's efforts to create unity among the mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir.
Referring to ED summons a pressure tactic, Dar had said after the second summons were issued: “What is it that ED forgot to ask during the six hours it interrogated an 83-year-old Member of Parliament?”
The spokesperson also alleged that the government and its agencies, “has no consideration for a law abiding citizen who is severely immunocompromised and diabetic
“Dr Abdullah being treated like this is proof that the BJP is not even interested in a face saving act and is completely comfortable with being seen as a bully by the nation,” he said.
“The plot has become predictable,” said the spokesperson, according to IANS.
He also asked:
“How many times will BJP use the CBI, ED, Anti Corruption Bureau and its other agencies to browbeat opposition?”
“Anyone who speaks against the government or musters courage against its divisive politics will be hounded and summoned,” he further added, according to IANS.
“The only way to get a clean chit these days is to surrender one’s ideology and join the BJP. We’ve seen this story play out from Assam to Karnataka, from West Bengal to Andhra Pradesh but Dr. Abdullah is not going to surrender to the BJP, come what may,” he added.Imran Nabi Dar
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