“In our opinion, a suitable person has to be appointed as Chief Executive Officer who may have also administrative skills, therefore, we deem it appropriate to appoint Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, IPS, retired DIG, as Chief Executive Officer.”
Srinagar—The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday appointed its former judge, Justice (retd) Syed Bashir-ud-din, as ombudsman and ex-DIG Ashiq Hussain Bukhari (IPS) as Chief Executive Officer of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association.
Disposing of a bunch of appeals, a division bench of Justices Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Ali Mohammad Magrey also upheld appointment of Justice (retd) C. K. Prasad, former judge of the Supreme Court, and Justice (retd) Syed Rafat Alam, former Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh and Allahabad High Courts, as administrators of the JKCA to conduct and ensure free and fair elections of the cricket governing body in the state.
The appeals were filed against a judgment by court’s single bench which besides appointing administrators had left it for them to appoint the ombudsman to settle issue among 12 clubs, primary members of the JKCA.
“For settlement of disputes among 12 clubs and other disputes of the Association, there is a requirement of appointing ombudsman. Single Judge has given the power to the two appointed Administrators to appoint an ombudsman which, in our view, is not apposite,” the division bench said, underling that ombudsman was ordinary to be appointed by the Association but for the present affairs of the JKCA. “We deem it proper to appoint ombudsman for resolving all the disputes after giving hearing to all concerned, therefore, we appoint Justice Syed Bashir-ud-din (retired) as ombudsman who shall undertake the task of settling the disputes of 12 clubs and also other disputes of the Association so as to pave a way for implementing directions of the Supreme court in line with recommendations of the Lodha Committee,” the court said.
The clubs include Rehari Cricket Club Jammu; Jammu Cricket Club; International Cricket Club, Jammu; Modern Cricket Club, Jammu; Friends Cricket Club, Jammu; Shastri Cricket Club, Jammu; United Cricket club, Srinagar; Friends Cricket Club, Srinagar; Kashmir Gymkhana Cricket Club; Whites Cricket Club; Baramulla Cricket club and Muslim Cricket Club, Sopore.
“In our opinion, a suitable person has to be appointed as Chief Executive Officer who may have also administrative skills, therefore, we deem it appropriate to appoint Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, IPS, retired DIG, as Chief Executive Officer,” the court said, adding, “(Bukhari) after approval of the Committee of Administrators, shall associate some reliable undisputed members of the Working Committee who have not incurred disqualification, for running the affairs of JKCA under the supervision and control of Committee of Administrators till rules are amended and elections are held.” The court has upheld its single bench’s verdict on administrators who it had directed to ensure that the rules of the J&K Cricket Association are amended in conformity with the recommendations made by the Lodha committee which has already been accepted by the Supreme Court.
The single bench had directed the BCCI and the association shall render all assistance to the Administrators, to effectively perform their duties.
“The expenditure to be incurred for travelling expenses and for stay of Administrators shall be borne by the association. In addition the administrators shall be entitled to remuneration of Rs. 75000 each per working day. The administrator may make appointment of such persons so as to assist them to hold free and fair elections of the office bearers of the association.”
The administrators, it said, shall ensure that elections of JKCA office bearers are held after amendment of the rules for electing office bearers of the association.
The BCCI had also revealed that out of Rs 120 crores allocated by BCCI to the JKCA, a sum of Rs 80 crores has been embezzled and an amount of Rs 34 crores was seized by the police.
The Singh bench had ordered that the amount should be handed over to the administrator so as to enable them to meet the necessary expenditure. Thereafter, it had said, the funds should be placed at the disposal of the newly elected body which may spent the amount as per the norms fixed by the BCCI.
“It is made clear that the direction will operate provided the amount seized by police has not been already released in favour of JKCA. In case released, whatever amount available with the Association shall be dealt with by Chief Executive Officer under the instructions and directions of the Committee of Administrators,” the division bench added.
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