Probe into multi crore JKCA scam going at snail’s pace

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Srinagar: The probe into a multi crore scam in the Jammu Kashmir Cricket Association is going at snail’s pace, despite the High Court having directed the investigating agency Crime Branch of India to complete the probe within three months.

However the authorities of the CBI told KNS over phone from New Delhi that the probe is on in the case and that, it will take some time to complete.

A multi-crore scam surfaced in JKCA in 2011. Then buckling under pressure, Farooq Abdullah constituted an in-house committee in 2012 and the report was submitted in the same year.

However, after submitting the report two members of the committee had resigned.

The in-house probe report had indicted former JKCA chairman Muhammad Aslam Goni, former treasurer Ahsan Mirza and Saleem Khan, who had been member of the Association, for their role in the scam. Both Mirza and Khan were expelled from the association after police lodged an FIR against them on March 10, 2012, at Ram Munshi Bagh police station under section 120 B, 406 and 409 of Ranbir Penal Code.

On September 3, 2015, the High Court handed over the multi-crore scam in Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) to CBI for a thorough probe.

The CBI was handed over the investigation after the court had pulled up J K police for carrying out the investigation in a casual manner saying despite the lapse of three years the investigating agency could not even verify or authenticate the amount released by BCCI to JKCA.

Underling the reasons for handing over the probe to CBI, the court had held that then President of JKCA is a “Tall political personality having served as the Chief Minister of the state besides having a tenure as Union Minister in the previous regime, whose complicity is alleged in granting approval to two contradictory resolutions pertaining to operation of accounts of JKCA to keep accused Ahsan Mirza in control of financial matters despite his ceasing to be a Treasurer after election of 2011.”

Now sources said the CBI probe is going at snail’s pace resulting the BCCI is not releasing the funds to the JKCA. “The CBI’s role has been only time consuming so far as no fresh development has taken place since the case was handed over to the country’s premier investigating agency,” a senior official said.

Crime Branch spokesperson Dev Prit told KNS over phone from New Delhi, that investigation is still on in the case. “We are on the Job to investigate the matter as soon as possible. Since the case is under investigation, I cannot share the full details at this time,” she said.

However sources said that the investigating officer was busy with some other case that is the reason there was delay in the probe.

The JKCA is struggling to meet its financial expenses for running cricketing activities with JK Ranji players still await dues of match fees of 2014-2015 Ranji season and cricketing activities have almost been halted due to non-releasing of funds by the BCCI since 2011. An official of the JKCA said the JKCA funds of Rs 150 crore have been stopped since 2011 by the BCCI after a multi-crore scam surfaced in the association.

Most of the cricketing activities have been halted due to lack of funds, he said. “Now all eyes are on the CBI when will it complete the probe so that the JKCA starts the cricketing activities in the state,” he said. (KNS)

 

 

 


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