SRINAGAR: A local court here on Monday directed rival group not to oust the “elected” members’ of a faction of J&K Cricket Association headed by Farooq Abdullah without following the due course of law.
Hearing a suit filed by general secretary of Farooq group, ML Nehru, 1st Additional District & Sessions Judge Srinagar, Madan Lal, also issued notice to J&K sports minister Imran Ansari and six other members of the rebel group including Mehboob Iqbal, Iqbal Shah, Abdul Rouf, Javaid Ahmad Kitab and Sudershan Mehta. Rakesh Kumar, vice chairman (Jammu) was present before the court.
“Subject to the objections, defendants/non-applicants shall not oust the elected members /office bearers from their post for which they have been elected on 12 May 2014 without following the due course of law till next date of hearing,” the court said and posted the case on August 8.
In the suit, the Farooq group has challenged the 20 July election conducted 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.
Nehru has given entire account of election held on 12 May 2014 whereby Farooq Abdullah and others were elected through poll process in which all the 64 members participated.
In the suit, Nehru has also alleged that Rakesh Kumar and Sudershan Mehta proceeded with various “undesirable activities” 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,” he said.
He 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,” he said.
He said they broke open the locks of various office rooms of the office bears of the association , ransacking the same besides causing damage to the furniture etc.
Nehru also informed the court about a complaint filed by him and chairman Arvinder Sigh Micky before Sunil Kumar, 3rd additional munsiff, who has ordered SHO Ram Munshi Bagh police station to investigate the matter and file the report by August 19.
On July20, 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 had stayed the election results. Advocates Javed Iqbal and Sajad Ahmad Sofi represented Nehru before the court.