JKCA multi-crore scam: Court issues notice to Farooq Abdullah; seeks probe report

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: May 11, 2015 19:19 IST

Former chief minister and J-K Cricket Association (JKCA) president Farooq Abdullah on Monday was served a notice and the state police got fresh direction from the high court in multi-crore scam, haunting the association since 2012.

A division bench, comprising chief justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar and justice D S Thakur, on Monday heard a public interest litigation (PIL) filed in the scam.

The division bench issued a notice to opposition National Conference (NC) president Abdullah in the multi-crore cricket scam, involving an alleged misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 40 crore.

The investigating agency was directed by the court to file a “proper” status report by or before next date of hearing, which is on May 21.

The PIL has been submitted by a former Ranji player and a club level cricket player, wherein it is alleged that crores of rupees were swindled by the office-bearers of the JKCA.

The multi-crore scam surfaced in 2012 when misappropriation of Rs 1.90 crore scam was noticed when the then association chairman Muhammad Aslam Goni accused the association’s general secretary Saleem Khan and treasurer Ahsan Mirza of siphoning the money by transferring into an account not related to the JKCA.

Both allegedly opened and operated association’s bank account at Srinagar’s Khanyar branch of the J&K Bank. Money received from the BCCI was parked in the bank account, which did not belong to the association, and swindled later.

The bank has clarified to the police that “the amount from the account was released only after the authority letter of JKCA president Abdullah. It was duly signed by Abdullah on June 27, 2008.”

The JKCA in its defense has claimed that the amount was sanctioned by all the members of the board. Abdullah had described the charges as “politically motivated" and claimed he never asked ex-treasurers to sign any cheque.

It seems trouble for senior Abdullah continues. Just a few weeks ago, Abdullah returned to Kashmir after undergoing a surgery abroad for his kidney ailment.

The court notice came at a time when senior Abdullah is trying to revive the party, which received drubbing in the 2014 polls where his party came down from 28 seats to 15 seats.

Abdullah, of late, has started golfing too, besides actively participating in a public functions.

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