Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday granted a “last and final opportunity” to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and directed them to complete their investigation into the multi-crore Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association scam within three weeks.
The court observed that no more time would be granted to the investigating agency after this and the case will be decided on the basis of the evidence before court till date.
The counsel representing the CBI moved an application before the division bench headed by Justice Tashi Rabstan for granting it more time to complete the investigation into the scam.
On a previous hearing in September, the CBI submitted that 95% of the investigation was complete in the case.
The court has already directed the state to provide all logistic support, including vehicles, to the investigating agency during the course of its work.
The High Court on March 9 last year had handed over the probe to the CBI, observing that the police investigation lacked both speed and credibility. The court had asked the CBI to bring the investigation to a logical conclusion, preferably within six months. In its 17-page judgment, the court provided the rationale for handing over the probe to the CBI and not to the J&K Crime Branch, as was suggested by advocate Mian Qayoom, counsel for the petitioners who are two cricketers from Kashmir, Majid Yaqoob Dar and Nissar Ahmad Khan.
“Having regard for the quantum and magnitude of the scam involving huge loss of public money and failure of (police) to conduct the investigation with speed, fairness and objectivity and given the inordinate delay in concluding the investigation coupled with lack of credibility (of) the (police) and also taking into consideration the serious allegations made against the beneficiaries involved including the influential and mighty, we are of the considered opinion that it is a fit case where the investigation must be handed over to CBI for purposes of a fair and result-oriented investigation,” the High Court had said.