SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Tuesday directed Inspector General of Police Kashmir zone to appear in person and file ‘satisfactory’ status report about the investigation into misappropriation of huge funds in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA).
“As the investigation which commenced in year 2012 is yet to be finalised, we are of the view that IGP Kashmir zone shall appear in person on next date with fresh status report to the entire satisfaction of this court,” a division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey said while hearing a Public Interest Litigation by cricketers Majid Yaqoob Dar and Nissar Ahmad Khan.
“It is made clear that if status report is not filed, the matter be handed over to some other agency,” the court said and posted the PIL for further consideration on July 27.
The bench passed the directions while observing that the records show that on 7 April this year, the court expressed its displeasure over the speed in which the investigation was going on and SP city (east), the investigation officer, was directed to explain his conduct for delay. The court had also asked him to be present before it with a liberty to file fresh status report.
In order to complete the investigation, the SP told the court last month that assistance of chartered accountant was required in scrutiny of financial transactions in the association from time to time.
He had also stated that the matter has already been taken with government IGP Kashmir zone with police headquarters.
Counsel for the petitioners advocate Mian Qayoom submitted that while police investigation was going nowhere, the case should be handed over to crime branch Kashmir.
In March this year, 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.
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.
The court has already issued notice to JKCA president and National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah, former general secretary Mohammad Ahsan Mirza, his successor ML Nehru and the CAO Saleem Khan.
Apart from high-level investigation, the petitioner duo seeks directions for recovery of the money which according to petitioners 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.
While Farooq’s previous counsel advocate Jahangir Iqbal Ganie has been appointed state’s advocate general, Advocate Javed Iqbal caused appearance on his behalf before the court.