Mehbooba Mufti’s mother Gulshan Nazir skips ED summons

Nazir was summoned for a second time in an alleged money laundering case by the agency.

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s mother Gulshan Nazir, who was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday, refused to appear at the ED office in Srinagar.

Nazir was summoned for the second time in an alleged money laundering case by the agency. Party sources stated that the PDP had sought details of the case from the agency, “including details of the FIR, who is the accused, just so we can prepare legally and know what she is going to be asked about”. However, the directorate has not responded to these queries from the party leading to a decision by Nazir not to visit the ED office in Srinagar.

Mufti had earlier linked the latest summon to her mother with the PDP’s decision to boycott the meeting of the Delimitation Commission in Srinagar. The party chose to stay away from the meeting stating that the commission lacks “constitutional and legal mandate” and that PDP believes the outcome of the meeting is “pre-planned”.

Mufti also tweeted, “On the day PDP chose not to meet (the) delimitation Commission, ED sent a summon to my mother to appear in person for unknown charges. In its attempts to intimidate political opponents, GoI doesn’t even spare senior citizens. Agencies like NIA & ED are now its tools to settle scores.”

Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate had asked Gulshan Nazir to present herself on April 15. However, citing the second wave of Covid, age and health status of Nazir, the family had asked the ED to defer the summons. ED had sought her attendance at their zonal office under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002.

The former chief minister had also been questioned by the ED on March 25.

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