SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Tuesday granted CBI three more months to complete its investigation into the multi-crore Jammu and Kashmir cricket Association scam.
The direction to extend the time was passed by a division bench of justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and B S Walia while disposing of an application filed by the CBI through Balbir Singh, inspector of police, CBI, Special crime-II New Delhi.
The CBI had sought six months but advocate Mian Muzaffar, representing petitioners on whose PIL probe was ordered last year, vehemently opposed the plea.
In the application, the CBI has stated Rs 112, 33, 04, 618 had been paid by the BCCI to JKCA from April 2002 to December 31, 2011.
“As book accounts and audit report of JKCA have reportedly been fudged, the money trail regarding remittance from BCCI and the utilisation of the same at JKCA end during the relevant period is being prepared on the basis of statement of bank accounts of JKCA and bank accounts of suspected persons with the help of a chartered accountant firm,” it said.
Since the funds has been utilised or siphoned off through large number of bank accounts, the CBI said, preparation of money flow chart was taking a lot of time.
It also revealed that the vital evidence collected so far is to be co-related and connected with further examination of many witnesses and documents.
“The investigation of the case is spread over different parts of India, that is Maharashtar, J&K, Punjab, and Delhi and hence, it is time consuming,” the CBI said.
The High Court has, on March 9 last year, handed over the probe to CBI, observing that the police investigation lacked both speed and credibility and that the lack of will to dig out the scamsters was writ large on the face of its performance.
“Having regard for the quantum and magnitude of the scam involving huge loss of public money and failure of (police) to conduct the investigation with speed, fairness and objectivity and given the inordinate delay in concluding the investigation coupled with lack of credibility the (police) and also taking into consideration the serious allegations made against the, beneficiaries involved including the influential and mighty, we are of the considered opinion that it is a fit case where the investigation must be handed over to CBI for purposes of a fair and result oriented investigation,” the High Court had said and order the court’s registry judicial to send a copy of the judgment to the Director CBI for taking the investigation.
It directed the CBI to bring ingestion to a logical conclusion, as expeditiously as possible, “preferably within six months.”
In its 17-page judgment, the court gave a detailed rationale for handing over the probe to CBI and not to the state’s crime branch as was suggested by advocate Mian Qayoom, counsel for the petitioners—the two cricketers from the Valley— Majid Yaqoob Dar and Nissar Ahmad Khan.