CBI carries out searches in connection with alleged JK Bank ‘multi-crore’ scam

Srinagar, May 10: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday carried out searches at multiple locations including residence of former Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu for irregularities in purchase of J&K Bank’s integrated office at Mumbai during NC- Congress rule in 2010.

An official of CBI said that its sleuths carried out searches at eight locations including the premises of then chairman of J&K Bank Haseeb Drabu, then Executive Director AK Mehta and  the then directors Muhammed lbrahim Shahdad and Vikrant Kuthiala.

They were members of the Estates Committee of J&K Bank when the office of J&K Bank in Mumbai was purchased.

During the searches, the CBI official said, incriminating documents, articles & electronic evidence, several bank account details and bank locker keys were recovered.

On November 11, 2021, CBI had registered a case on the allegations of irregularities in purchase of Akruti Gold building for Rs 180 crore by J&K Bank for its integrated office at Mumbai in 2010. The said case was referred by the J & K government to the CBI.

Last month, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the purchase of J&K Bank office at Mumbai, allegedly at an exorbitant price.

It is worthwhile to mention that Drabu was finance minister in the last PDP-BJP government. In December 2018, Drabu resigned from membership of Peoples Democratic Party, ending his four-year political journey with the party. kno

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