Mehbooba Mufti said, “This country is not run according to the constitution but under the agenda of a particular political party”.
Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
PDP PDP President Mehbooba Mufti appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here on Thursday in a money laundering case and was questioned for about five hours. Mufti later alleged that the disagreement was being criminalized and that central agencies such as the CBI, NIA ED were being “misused” to silence the opposition.
The former chief minister alleged that whoever is opposing the present government is being intimidated by making charges like treason and money laundering. Departing from the ED office at Rajbagh in Srinagar, Mehbooba Mufti said, “Discontent is being criminalized in the country. ED, CBI and NIA NIA are being misused to suppress the voice of the opposition. ”
The country is running under the agenda of the political party
The Mufti said, “This country is not run according to the constitution but under the agenda of a particular political party.” Regarding the questions asked by him on behalf of the ED, the PDP chairman said that he was questioned regarding the sale of ancestral land located in Bijbihara area of Anantnag district and the Chief Minister’s discretionary fund. Earlier, officials said that the Mufti reached the ED office located at Rajbagh at 11 am to face inquiries in the money laundering case.
The President of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did not appear before the agency in Delhi on Monday. He said that he already has some programs which cannot be canceled. He requested the ED officials to interrogate him in Srinagar instead of Delhi, which was accepted. The 61-year-old leader was released last year after being under detention for more than a year after the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was lifted. He was given a notice to appear at the ED headquarters in the national capital.
Refusal to ban summons
The Delhi High Court refused to stay the summons given to him on 19 March. He had asked the court to cancel the summons given in the case. The ED did not insist on him to appear in person at that time. The ED had earlier asked Mufti to appear on March 15. In a letter to the ED, Mufti said, “I am writing to you on March 22 in the context of the summons issued for appearing in your Delhi office.” I have challenged the constitutional powers of Article 50 of the PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) in the Delhi High Court. ”
The PDP leader had said, “I am not in a position to appear on March 22 because I already have some programs which cannot be canceled in such a short time.” He said in his letter, “I I am ready to join the inquiry, especially at my residence in Srinagar or through video conference.
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