Srinagar: A court in Srinagar has restrained rival factions led by Farooq Abdullah and Imran Raza Ansari from operating JKCA accounts till further orders.
The court of 2nd Additional District and Sessions Judge Srinagar, sham Lal, passed the directions after hearing counsel from Abdullah led-faction, who argued in favour of the “status quo”, while counsel by Ansari faction objected and resisted it.
The court observed that since Ansari-led faction has not filed objection in the case till date, “therefore in the interest of justice, all the parties to the suit (shall) maintain status quo till objections are filed and considered by the court.”
The court has already issued notice to Imran Raza Ansari, Youth Services and Sports minister, and other members of the JKCA led by him, besides the concerned bank authorities.
Farooq along with General Secretary M L Nehru seeks court’s directions to declare as “null and void” the account opened in JK Bank in the name of JKCA at the “instance and connivance with Sports Minister and his associates.”
The petitioners also seek direction to declare Ansari and his associates have “no authority” to maintain, run and operate any bank account of JKCA including those at branch office Air Cargo Srinagar and BC Road Jammu.
“(Ansari and his Associates) be directed to restrain themselves from dealing with any way or operating the bank accounts of the (Farooq-led) association.”
They also seek directions to J&K bank authorities to allow JKCA-led by Abdullah to maintain and run these accounts without any interference or impediment.
The petitioners allege that the bank authorities have allowed the operation of the bank accounts by some “unauthorized persons” pursuant to the “so-called meeting and so-called” election of the JKCA on July.
High drama unfolded in the JKCA on July 20 with the rebel group elected Ansari as the president of JKCA in an attempt to end Farooq’s 35-year reign. However, the poll results were stayed by a Jammu court. Subsequently, the Farooq group filed a suit before the 1st Additional District & Sessions Judge Srinagar, challenging the election conducted by the JKCA.
The petitioners also contended that despite “assurances” that the matter will be looked into and appropriate measures will be taken, there was no response from the JK Bank.