Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, founder Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), twice the Chief Minister of the state, and a former union minister died in 2016 and was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard at Bijbehara in south Kashmir. His daughter, and political successor PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister has alleged that “probe agencies” are now “auditing” the mausoleum of her father.
In an interview to a news agency, carried by multiple media houses including the Indian Express Mufti challenged the government to “prove a single case, adding she was “ready to face the consequences.” The PDP chief said cases are being probed by various investigating agencies, including the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which in November 2020, had arrested a party leader, Waheed Parra, in a terror case related to suspended Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh, the Scroll had then reported. Davinder Singh was caught with Hizbul Mujahideen militants earlier in 2020. She has implied that the NIA did this as they “failed to prove any corruption charge against me, they are resorting to other ways of maligning me by linking me to terror funding”. She spoke up for Parra stating: “Waheed is a great advocate of democracy, reconciliation and dialogue. He has motivated thousands of youths to join the mainstream. All these charges are figments of their imagination to force me to change track and parrot their narrative”.
According to Mehbooba Mufti, the ‘probe agencies have been burrowing through government files’ and her bank accounts for the last two years and have found nothing so far. She allied that they are “now running an audit on the mausoleum of my late father. How much lower will they stoop?” She also commenced on the alleged “bunglings in Jammu and Kashmir Bank” during her tenure as CM, “What bungling? Let them prove a single case where I or anyone close to me has indulged in any kind of financial misappropriation. I am ready to face the consequences.”
As 2020 drew to a close, Mehbooba Mufti wrote to the Enforcement Directorate’s director expressing her concern that the Central investigation agency was being used to target her and her family. She titled the letter: ‘ED’s Roving Inquiries’.
My letter to the Director of ED, an agency being weaponised as a tool to hound political opponents by the ruling party. pic.twitter.com/MgEG6bINzL
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) December 31, 2020
She stated that, “The questioning of these persons is also focused on myself, my personal, political and financial affairs; my late father’s grave and memorial, my sister’s finances, home construction, my brother’s finances and personal affairs etc.,”