ED Raids Houses Of Mehbooba’s Close Aide

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  Mehbooba Mufti with Anjum Fazili | File Photo

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday seized over Rs 28 lakh cash after it raided the premises of Anjum Fazili, a close aide of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, in a money laundering case linked to alleged financial fraud at the J&K Bank, official sources said.

The searches were conducted at the premises of the former party MLC in Srinagar and Delhi.

Mufti, in her reaction, described the central probe agency’s action as a “witch hunt” against her.

Cash amounting to Rs 21,38,200 was seized from her residence in Srinagar while another Rs 6,62,500 was recovered from her residence in the national capital, they said.

The total cash seizure stands at just over Rs 28 lakh, the officials said.

The central probe agency also recovered a dozen fixed deposit receipts worth Rs 67,29,490 during the searches at her Srinagar premise.

The raids were conducted to gather more evidence in connection with an investigation linked to alleged fraud at the J& K Bank, they said.

Fazili’s role is under the scanner in the case that is being investigated under criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), the officials said.

Reacting to the raids, Mufti told PTI: “This is a witch hunt that has been going on for some time. They have been doing this with anyone and everyone who is close to me”.

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