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‘India ruled by probe agencies’: Mehbooba after being grilled for over 5 hours by ED

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday slammed the Narendra Modi government saying India is not being run as per the Constitution and “dissent has been criminalised”.

The Peoples Democratic Party chief made the remarks after she was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate for more than five and half hours in connection with a money-laundering probe.

Mufti arrived at the ED office in Srinagar amid tight security at India’s financial probe agency’s office located at Rajbagh.

According to ED officials, her statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Speaking to the media, the PDP leader said, “Dissent has been criminalised in this country. This country is ruled either by the CBI, ED or NIA.”

Mufti said that “either you are charged with sedition or a case of money laundering is filed against you”.

She said, “And when you speak, then Enforcement Directorate and other agencies are used.”

Mufti has skipped two summons of the ED for her questioning in the national capital. She has requested the ED to question her at the Srinagar office of the agency, which the agency has accepted.

Attacking the government, Mufti said, “The country is not running according to the Constitution of India and it is running according to a political party of India. Those who speak are haunted. Those who oppose or speak are harassed by ED, NIA etc.”

She further stated that she does not have anything to hide. “I don’t have anything to hide and my hands are clean and it is the reason why it took them two years and now they are asking about the details of my father’s property details and how you gave your sacred fund to widows.”

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