After the PDP announced its decision to stay away from the proceedings of the Delimitation Commission, India’s economic probe agency, the Enforcement Directorate served a notice on the mother of its president Mehbooba Mufti.
According to the notice, posted by Mehbooba on her official Twitter account, her mother Gulshan Nazir has been asked to appear before the probe agency at its office in Srinagar in a money laundering case.
The criminal case filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act is linked to the recovery of at least two diaries by the ED after raids on an alleged associate of Mehbooba, a former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister.
The diaries contain details of some purported payments made from the chief minister’s discretionary fund in alleged contravention of rules, officials claimed.
These funds are alleged to have been diverted during the Peoples Democratic Party rule in the erstwhile state.
A few lakh rupees from these funds are alleged to have been transferred into the accounts of Nazir and some others, and the ED wants to question her about it, the officials said.
Nazir is the wife of the late Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Mehbooba, expressed surprise that the notice was served on her mother on the day her PDP decided not to meet the Delimitation Commission, set up to redraw Assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.
On the summon, Mehbooba said, “ED sent a summon to my mother to appear in person for unknown charges. In its attempts to intimidate political opponents, GOI (Government of India) doesn’t even spare senior citizens. Agencies like NIA (National Investigation Agency) and ED are now its tools to settle scores.”