Srinagar: The J&K High Court has asked Superintendent of Police (City East) to explain delay in investigation into misappropriation of huge funds in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA).
“The Superintendent of Police, city east zone, Srinagar, it appears, is not serious about the Investigation of the case,” a division bench of Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey observed while hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by Majid Yaqoob Dar (a former Ranji Trophy player) and Nissar Ahmad Khan (a club level cricketer).
“The Authority (the SP) to explain his own conduct, inasmuch as, there is already huge delay in conducting the investigation, which is beneficial only to the accused persons,” the bench said and directed the police officer to appear in person on next date to explain his conduct.
“Meanwhile, he would be at liberty to file fresh status report in respect of investigation of the case,” the bench said and posted the case in the week commencing May 11.
The directions followed perusal of a compliance report filed by SP which the bench observed was replica of the previous report filed by him.
Last month, the Court had directed the police to take all necessary steps to expeditiously investigate “serious allegations” of misappropriation of huge funds in state’s cricket governing body.
It had also directed the police to reconstruct the record damaged due to the September floods “within shortest possible time.”
Apart from high-level investigation, the petitioner duo seeks directions for recovery of Rs 40 crore which according to them have been swindled by former general secretary and former chief administrative officer.
“The money shall be deposited in the bank to be operated under the orders of the court,” the cricketers say in the PIL filed through advocate Mian Qayoom.
On March 10, 2012 police had registered a case (FIR 27/2012) following a complaint from then chairman JKCA, Mohammad Aslam Goni through a fax mentioning that as per the report of then treasurer, Manzoor Ahmad Wazir, bogus accounts on JKCA funds have been operated in the various J&K Bank accounts by the ex-General Secretary and then Treasurer under their joint signatures. Goni had also alleged misappropriation of funds.