Cricket Scam: Goni to spill beans

SRINAGAR: The former chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) Mohammad Aslam Goni while demanding a thorough probe into the multi crore scam of JKCA on Tuesday said if required he will make the facts of the scam public.

Goni, tsaid that he wrote a detailed mail to JKCA president Dr Farooq Abdullah advising him not to hold any elections at this time and that the action against the accused must be initiated so that the career of state’s budding cricketers could be saved. “No action was taken and no action is expected to be taken on ground.”

While reacting to the statement of the Dr Farooq that Ehsan Mirza has submitted Rs 2 crores post dated cheques, Goni stated that the same has no relevance as according to him there is more than Rs 22 crore embezzlement in the association and that Ehsan Mirza himself has given crores of rupees to various persons of the association.

Goni claimed further that Manzoor Waheed the then vice chairman of the JKCA admitted before him that Mirza has given him Rs 14 lakhs for printing of his book. “Javeed Kitab received Rs 65 lakhs from Mirza. Another person namely Gazanfar received one crore and 25 lakh rupees from Ehsan Mirza that too the receipt of the association was issued against the amount.”

The irony is that Gazanfar later stated that Mirza gave him the money for the business and the amount was issued to him as loan. “What logic this statement contains. This is the money of our children and the people of the association simply plundered it.”

Goni maintained that he was the first person who became the first informant of the scam and informed police about the same. “Yes, I admitted before the press in Srinagar at that time that the embezzlement of the money is reported in the association.”

He added that the other members of the association pressurised police to frame him so that pressure could built up against him from speaking to the press. “I have left everything to Allah and he is my supporter and guide. I was silent only because I want association and its interests to be safeguarded. I am really scared that the BCCI should not disaffiliate JKCA. I want the involved persons to be brought to the book.”

Goni revealed further that there are already Rs 70 to 80 Crores pending with the BCCI and no efforts are being made to release that amount. Commenting over the recently held elections of the JKCA, Goni stated that he has no personal grudges against anyone there but unfortunately among the persons holding the important posts at present, some are accused of misusing the funds.

“How come they are holding me responsible as i was the chairman and if chairman is such an important post, how come they have been running the association for two years without the post,” asked Goni. He stated that he in the near future will make the facts of the association public if the action is not taken against the accused. 

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