CBI files a fund embezzlement case against Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association
CBI files a fund embezzlement case against Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Associations
The CBI on Monday registered a case against two former top officials and others of the JK Cricket Associations (JKCA) to probe alleged misappropriation of Rs. 40 crore funds in the cricket body by opening “bogus” bank accounts.
CBI re-registered the case filed by the state police against the then JKCA General Secretary and treasurer Saleem Khan and Mohd Ahsan Mirza respectively under sections of 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 406 and 409 (criminal breach of trust) of the Ranbir Penal Code, official sources said.
According to the police FIR, filed at Ram Munshi Bagh police station against these two and other unknown officials, it was alleged that Rs 40 crore was allegedly misappropriated by JKCA officials by operating bogus accounts in different branches of Jammu and Kashmir bank under their joint signatures.
The registering of the case by the CBI, following an order of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, was welcomed by former JKCA President and former state Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah who said, “I am happy that the investigations have begun and I hope that the CBI completes the probe expeditiously.”
CBI may find it an uphill task in probing the case as many of the documents pertaining to the case were washed away in the floods that hit the Valley last year, sources said.
The CBI swung into action after a division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Bansi Lal Bhat ordered on September 3 on a PIL filed by two cricketers — Majid Yaqoob Dar and Nissar Ahmad Khan — into the alleged scam in the JKCA that had surfaced in 2012.
The bench had on August 25 reserved its order on whether to hand over to the crime branch or any other agency the investigation into the alleged embezzlement of funds in the cricket association, which was then headed by Abdullah.
The alleged scam was being investigated by a special team of police, which had failed to conclude its probe after nearly three years. “Our only doubt is whether the crime branch can go to BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) from where funds are flowing and make investigation there (BCCI headquarters, Mumbai) or some central agency is to be involved,” the bench had observed during the last hearing.
Meanwhile, in an interview with the Indian Express JK Ranji captain Parvez Rasool is disturbed by the in-fighting of the administrator. He said their preparation has been spoiled for the dispute between two administrators. “I wanted to work hard and prepare myself for the long season ahead. But there was a surprise in store for me when I reached home. The two factions of J&K cricket were involved in a court battle. Players were troubled and there seemed no solution in sight. Forgot senior players, even the under-14 boys didn’t know what to do. We have just 10 days left for our Ranji Trophy games and we don’t know which group we should join or which camp we had to attend. We don’t even know if we will be playing at home or not.”
He also said they are not too confident for the upcoming season. “To be honest, I don’t think we are mentally prepared to play. Yes, if we manage to win a few games at the start of the season, we can gain momentum. We shall try our best. I have told the administrators don’t expect any miracle”.
Even, JK’S only international cricketer Rasool said, he might not lead the team as he said, “right now I don’t feel like playing with those who are in contention for Ranji team as the vibe isn’t nice. Everywhere I go, there is the talk of uncertainty.”
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