Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman Mehbooba Mufti was questioned on Thursday by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials in the money laundering case. The situation reached the ED office at 11 am in Mufti Rajbagh. He did not talk to media persons outside the office. Tight security arrangements were made around the ED office even before Mehbooba arrived. His statement was recorded under the PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act).
Mehbooba had urged the ED officials that she could not visit the agency’s office in Delhi, so she should be questioned either through video conference or in the agency’s office in Srinagar. In a case related to the money laundering law, he was issued notice and asked to appear at the ED headquarters in Delhi on 15 March. The PDP chairman did not appear before the agency in Delhi on Monday. He said that he already had some programs that cannot be canceled.
He requested ED officials to interrogate him in Srinagar instead of Delhi, which was accepted. The PDP chief had termed the sending of the notice on behalf of the ED a political vendetta and filed a petition against him in the Delhi High Court. High Court Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh refused to stay the summons issued to them.
Mufti said after the summons was issued that he did not know whether he had gone to appear as an accused or as a witness. He had said that the central government’s strategy to intimidate and threaten political opponents would not work. The 61-year-old leader was released last year after being under detention for more than a year after the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was lifted.
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