Srinagar: Meanwhile, reacting sharply to the fresh summon from the ED to Dr Abdullah, the NC on Wednesday expressed anger and lambasted the government for its agenda of trying to silence voices of dissent.
Terming these ED summons, the latest being on Wednesday, as calculated coercive measures, the party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said that it is aimed at curtailing Dr Abdullah’s efforts to weave unity among mainstream political parties in J&K.
Calling the repeated ED summons, pressure tactics, he said, “What is it that ED forgot to ask during the six hours it interrogated an 83-year-old Member of Parliament?”
The government and its agencies, the spokesperson said, has no consideration for a law abiding citizen who is severely immune compromised and diabetic.
“Dr Abdullah being treated like this is a 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.
“How many times will the BJP use the CBI, ED, Anti-Corruption Bureau and its other agencies to browbeat opposition? The plot has become predictable. Anyone who speaks against the government or musters courage against its divisive politics will be hounded and summoned”, he added.
“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.”
Dr Abdullah was first questioned in the case in Chandigrah by the ED on July 31, 2019, a month before centre scrapped the special status of the erstwhile J&K state and put him and other political leaders, including two more former CMs—Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba– under detention.
The ED’s questioning of Dr Abdullah is based on an FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2015 alleging a scam involving about Rs 38 crore in the JKCA.
They said the CBI later filed a charge sheet in the case against Dr Abdullah, who was heading the JKCA and three others, including Ahsan Mirza. Mirza has reportedly told the CBI that whatever he had done was on the directions of Dr Abdullah, which is the alleged misappropriation of funds provided by the BCCI for developing sports infrastructure and organising cricket matches in J&K.
Dr Abdullah was the president of the cricket association when the alleged scam took place. Among those also
booked in the case are former association general secretary Saleem Khan, Treasurer Ahsan Mirza and bank executive Bashir Ahmed.