Money Laundering Case: ED Grills Mehbooba Mufti for 5 Hours

Mehbooba Mufti arrives at ED office in Srinagar | KO Photo: Abid Bhat

Srinagar: The Enforcement Department (ED) on Thursday questioned the former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti for five hours in Srinagar in a case related to money laundering.

Notably, Mehbooba had last evening confirmed that she will appear before the ED at its Srinagar office at 11:00 AM in the morning.

According to reports, Mehbooba reached the ED office at Rajbagh at around 11:00 AM where she was questioned for nearly five hours and was let go only at around 04:35 PM.

Pertinently, ED had issued summon to Mehbooba Mufti on March 5 this year, asking her to appear before the agency for questioning in a money laundering case in New Delhi on March 15.

ED later asked her to appear at its headquarters in New Delhi for questioning on March 22 after Delhi High Court on March 19 refused to stay summons issued to her by the central agency.

Talking to reporters, Must when asked about the questions put forth to her by the ED, the PDP chief said she was asked about the sale of her ancestral land in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district and the use of the chief minister’s discretionary funds.

“Questions were asked regarding the sale of our ancestral land in Bijbehara and use of the chief minister’s discretionary fund. I was asked from where would come the list of widows who were receiving help from the CM’s secret funds,” Mufti said, adding that she had nothing to fear as her hands were clean.

The former chief minister said her party will continue to pursue the agenda for resolution of Jammu and Kashmir’s problem and restoration of its special status as it existed before August 5, 2019.

Mufti did not appear before the agency in Delhi on Monday, citing that she had prior commitments which could not be cancelled.

The PDP president requested ED officials to question her in Srinagar and not in Delhi, and her request was accepted.

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