Gulshan Nazir, the mother of People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti, mother of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Wednesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here and answered questions in a case related to money laundering even as the PDP alleged that the Centre had “talibanised” and “subverted” all institutions.
Mufti accompanied her mother Nazir, who is in her 70s, to the ED’s zonal office in Srinagar.
After the questioning, she tweeted, “In New India, being summoned by agencies like NIA and ED has become a ritual for whoever disagrees with GOI’s divisive agenda and policies. In my mother’s case, the chronology is quite clear.”
“The last time she received a summon was when the PDP boycotted the Delimitation Commission followed by another summon when I staged a peaceful protest on 5th August criticising the illegal abrogation of Article 370,” Mehbooba said.
She took a dig at a certain section of the media and said “Unfortunately agencies like NIA and ED that should be working on serious cases are weaponised to harass and punish political opponents. GOI has Talibanised and subverted all institutions inc Godi media (sic) to the extent where instead of upholding the truth they peddle their lies”.
The ED had been issuing summons to Nazir, wife of the former J&K chief minister late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, since April but she had so far avoided visiting the ED. The summons had come after the ED questioned Mufti in March under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The criminal case filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) is linked to the recovery of at least two diaries by the ED after raids on an alleged associate of Mehbooba.
The diaries contain the details of some purported payments made from the chief minister’s discretionary fund in alleged contravention of rules, the officials said.
These funds are alleged to have been diverted during the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 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.
Veteran politican and CPM leader M Y Tarigami also tweeted saying “Summoning aged wife of former union home minister by ED is glimpse of coercive tactics employed by central government to kill dissent”.