Cricket row: court asks police to probe complaint against rival group

Cricket row: court asks police to probe complaint against rival group

Srinagar: A court directed the police to investigate a complaint filed by a faction of J&K Cricket Association headed by Farooq Abdullah, seeking an FIR against the rival group for alleged trespassing into the association office earlier this week.
The complaint has been filed by general secretary ML Nehru and chairman Arvinder Sigh Micky against the members of rebel group including Mehbood Iqbal, Iqbal Shah, Abdul Rouf, Javaid Ahmad Kitab, Rakesh Kumar, Sudershan Mehta and Manzoor Ahmad Wazir.
“Keeping in view of the facts and circumstances, SHO Ram Munshi Bagh (police station) is directed to investigate the matter in the light of facts disclosing commission of cognizable offence in the application and documents annexed for lodging of an FIR,” Sunil Kumar, 3rd additional munsiff, ordered after hearing advocate Javaid Iqbal, counsel for the complainants.
The court directed the SHO to file status report by or before next date of hearing on August 19.
The complaint has been filed two days after former three-time chief minister Farooq Abdullah announced to take battle against the ruling government-backed rebel group in the court of law.
The warning had come day after high drama unfolded on Monday in JKCA with the rebel group electing J&K sports minister Imran Ansari as the president of the state’s cricketing governing body in an attempt to end Farooq’s 35-year reign. However, the poll results were stayed by a Jammu court.
In the complaint, the duo has alleged that Rakesh Kumar and Sudershan Mehta proceeded with various “undesirable activities committed by them” while functioning as the vice-chairman Jammu and joint secretary respectively, including “improper operation and utilisation of bank accounts of the association.”
“Their action resulted into joining various issues by them on false and unfounded grounds against the elected office bearers of the association, in as much as conducting unauthorized, illegal and uncalled for activities in the name of the association,” it said.
The duo also alleged that the rival members hatched a “criminal conspiracy” on the morning of July 20.
“They (along with other accused)formed an unlawful assembly with common intention and common object, trespassed into the office of the association situated at Sonwar by breaking open locks being under lawful and authorised possession and control of the applicants and other office bearers,” the duo added .
On Monday, shortly after 42 of the 64-member JKCA declared Ansari as the new president unopposed, claiming that Farooq did not contest, a petition was moved by the former chief minister’s faction in the court of sub-judge Amarjeet Singh Langey, who stayed the election results until July 31.

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