Srinagar: The National Conference on Thursday slammed the Center after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) called former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for questioning in the Jammu and Kashmir bank money laundering case. The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) said in a statement that its vice-president Omar Abdullah was summoned by the ED to appear in Delhi on Thursday on the ground that his presence was necessary in connection with the probe.

“Despite Ramzan being the holy month and not being his primary residence in Delhi, Mr Abdullah did not seek an adjournment or change of location and appeared in accordance with the notice,” the statement said. “The central government has made a habit of misusing the investigating agencies and this is another step in the same direction. No political party has been spared any meaningful opposition to BJP, be it ED, CBI, NIA, NCB – all used for political purposes.”

The statement said that there was a time when elections were announced by the Election Commission, but now it seems that the elections are announced by the ED. “In recent years we have seen that wherever state elections are to be held, agencies like ED go ahead and target those parties which challenge the BJP,” the statement said. “This summons to our Vice President is in the same vein. We have no doubt that this fishing drive will not give any tangible result to the BJP and the people will give a vehement support to the national convention whenever required.”

The statement further said that “this summons is another step in the vicious defamation campaign that started before 5th August 2019, when constitutional office holders like the then Governor were used to make reprehensible allegations against the opponents of the BJP. Knowing full well that there was no legal recourse available to those on the receiving end of these lies.

“Even though this exercise is political in nature, Mr. Omar Abdullah will cooperate with the investigating agencies as there is no wrongdoing on his part and he is not an accused in any of the cases under investigation.”