first_imgNews UpdatesFarooq Abdullah’s Plea Challenging ED’s Order Attaching Property: Jammu & Kashmir High Court Refers Plea To Division Bench Sparsh Upadhyay18 March 2021 8:26 PMShare This – xThe Jammu & Kashmir High Court on Thursday (18th March) referred former CM of J&K, MP and NC president Farooq Abdullah’s plea challenging an order of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) of attaching his properties in the erstwhile State to a division bench. The Bench of Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur referred the case to a division bench after it observed that the genesis of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Jammu & Kashmir High Court on Thursday (18th March) referred former CM of J&K, MP and NC president Farooq Abdullah’s plea challenging an order of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) of attaching his properties in the erstwhile State to a division bench. The Bench of Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur referred the case to a division bench after it observed that the genesis of the proceedings against Abdullah as well as one Ahsan Ahmad (former treasurer of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association) lies in the case which is pending trial before the Designated Court. “In these circumstances having expressed my opinion that the matter be considered by a Division Bench of this Court”, observed the Bench. The matter before the Court Abdullah has filed a petition under Article 226 & 227 of the Constitution of India, inter alia, seeking challenging Provisional Attachment Order as well as Notice dated 05.02.2021, under Section 8 of the PML Act. Significantly, by virtue of the order of attachment, the Directorate of Enforcement has attached several properties belonging to the petitioner. The matter pertains to a 2012 case registered under Section 409,406, and 120-B RPC, in connection with misappropriation of funds of the JKCA. Subsequently, the matter was transferred to CBI for investigation by a division bench of High Court in the year 2015. The CBI, besides others, indicted Abdullah and Mirza in the final report filed before the designated court. Consequent to the filing of the challan before the appropriate court, proceedings have been initiated by the Authorities under the PML Act against Abdullah as also against Mr. Ahsan Ahmad Mirza. Court’ observations Having perused the averments made in the petition filed by Abdullah, the Court noted that the proceedings initiated against Ahsan Ahmad Mirza were challenged by him vide a petition, which was, however, dismissed by a Coordinate Bench of the Court in the year 2019. Further, the Court noted that in the instant writ petition, Abdullah also challenged the action of the Authorities under the PML Act, inter alia, on the issue of jurisdiction, the applicability of PML Act to the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir, as also on grounds of illegality and procedural irregularities. In this backdrop, the Court said, “Having gone through the writ petition as also the Judgment of the Coordinate Bench in Ahsan Mirza’s case, it can be seen that some of the issues raised by the petitioner in the present petition were also issues, which were raised and decided by the Coordinate Bench, which now, form the subject matter of consideration by the Division Bench of this Court.” The Court further opined, “Considering the fact that the genesis of the proceedings both against the petitioner, Dr. Farooq Abdullah as also the appellant, Ahsan Ahmad Mirza, lies in the case which is pending trial before the Designated Court and the issues being common, in my opinion, therefore, are required to be considered together.” Thus, the Registrar Judicial was directed to list the matter along with records of WP (C) 2780/2019 before the appropriate Bench after seeking due permission from Hon’ble the Chief Justice. Case title – Farooq Abdullah v. Directorate of Enforcement and Anr [WP (C) 408/2021] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more