ED questions Omar Abdullah in money laundering case, “vilification campaign,” says NC

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday questioned former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah in Delhi in a case related to purchase of a building by the J&K Bank around 12 years ago.

Abdullah reached the ED headquarters in the morning where his statement was being recorded, PTI news agency reported.

The ED had filed the case earlier this year.

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,” said the National Conference.

“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, NCB – all have been used for political purposes. Over 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,” Indian Express quoted NC spokesperson as saying.

He went on to say: “This exercise is political in nature. This summon is another step in the vicious vilification campaign that started even before 5th August 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.”