The agency has invoked provisions alleging criminal conspiracy and breach of trust against the accused. The FIR was registered in September 2015 on a directive of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court that the case, filed at a Srinagar police station in March 2012, be transferred to the CBI.
The agency said that during the period under scrutiny, the then Association president had ‘connived’ with the treasurer and others in the ‘misappropriation’ of funds.
In his reaction, Dr. Abdullah said: “I have full faith in the judicial system and re-assert my commitment to cooperate with the court’s proceedings in the matter relating to certain financial transactions.” He is in London and issued the statement from there.
A National Conference spokesman said Dr. Abdullah, who had sought the registration of an FIR in this matter, “has led his life guided by the strictest principles of selfless public service and probity.” “The rank and file of the party draws inspiration from Dr. Abdullah’s resolve to fight earnestly for the truth to be upheld and continues to fully support him in this endeavour,” said the spokesman.
Dr. Abdullah’s son, Omar Abdullah, tweeted: “I have no doubt at the end of the legal process my father will be found innocent & free of any allegations of wrongdoing.”
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