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NC unnerved as Omar Abdullah’s aide under ED scanner
3/7/2021 12:28:20 AM

Early Times Report

Jammu, Mar 6: A few months after his father and party patron’s property was attached in connection with a multi-crore cricket scam, one of the close aides of former Chief Minister and National Conference, President, Omar Abdullah has come under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate for allegedly shady business deals.
Sources said the close aide of Omar Abdullah, who runs business in Raj Bagh area of Srinagar, has come under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate on suspicion of alleged financial irregularities. The sudden raids are understood to have come as a shock for the NC leaders especially those close to Omar Abdullah in particular.
Sources said the Enforcement Directorate since February 24, 2021 has made multiple raids at the official premises and residence of the said leader.
Sources said business deals worth millions have come under scanner of the investigation agency.
Sources said what is being probed in particular is that if the previous National Conference led government had benefitted the firms led by the said businessman whose family has been close to National Conference leadership for “decades.”
Sources said the first round of raids at the Raj Bagh office had lasted for a few hours and that within hours more raids were conducted at his residence as well.
Sources said it was an “open secret” that the businessman was close to Omar Abdullah when he was the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
“They(businessmen) would even assist him (Omar Abdullah) on some political issues,” said a source in know of the matter.
It was reliably learnt that the raids have left some of the senior leaders of the National Conference in a state of shock.
“Some of the politicians from the close circle of him(Omar) were also close to him (businessman) and that is something which makes the raids more valuable in political circles and even shocking,” said a source.
In December 2020, the Enforcement Directorate issued orders for provisional attachment of properties worth close to Rs 12 crore belonging to former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah. The properties include the house on Srinagar’s Gupkar Road where Farooq lives.
The orders were issued in connection with the money laundering probe into a case involving the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), from the time the NC leader had headed it.
The attached properties include Farooq’s residence on Gupkar Road, residential properties at Tehsil Katipora in Tangmarg and Bhatindi in Sunjwan, Jammu, commercial buildings in Srinagar’s posh Residency Road area, and land at four different places in J&K. The cumulative book value of the properties is Rs 11.86 crore, the agency said.
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