Srinagar: A subordinate court on Wednesday authorised the Imran Raza Ansari-led Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) to run the affairs of the embattled cricketing body in the state. The verdict comes close on the heels of reports that PDP and BJP have patched up to start the second innings of their coalition.
Legislator Ansari is a senior PDP leader who served as Youth Affairs and Sports Minister in the Mufti Sayeed led regime during which he toppled former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah from the post of JKCA Chairman. However, Abdullah maintained that he continued to head the JKCA leading to a legal battle.
Dismissing three separate applications by Abdullah-led JKCA for interim relief, the court of Second Additional District and Sessions Judge Srinagar Sham Lal said that if the Ansari-led group was restrained from running the management and affairs of the cricket governing body in the state, more hardship will be caused to them.
“New dispensation headed by Imran Raza Ansari as its president is currently managing the affairs of JKCA and BCCI has also remitted the share of the Association through account bearer cheques meant for the players representing the state. If JKCA (led by Ansari) is restrained to run the affairs, it would cause more hardship to (them) rather than (the association headed by Farooq Abdullah),” the court said.
The court rejected the Farooq-led faction’s contention that it would suffer “irreparable loss” in the absence of interim court relief. “Irreparable may be described as a loss which cannot be compensated in terms of money, but in the present case plaintiff (JKCA led by Farooq) shall not suffer any irreparable loss as the same can be compensated in case they succeed in their suits”, the court said.
The court, however, made it clear that the dismissal of the pleas for interim relief will not affect the merit of the main suits. Soon after admitting the suit, the court had restrained the rival factions from operating JKCA accounts till further orders.
Farooq Abdullah along-with his faction’s General Secretary M L Nehru had sought 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 Ansari and his associates.” The petitioners had also demanded a direction from the court to bar Ansari and his associates from maintaining, running and operating 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”, the application prayed.
They had also sought directions to J&K bank authorities to allow JKCA-led by Abdullah to maintain and run these accounts without any interference or impediment. The Farooq-led JKCA had also alleged that the bank authorities have allowed “some unauthorised persons” to operate the bank accounts pursuant to the “so-called meeting and so-called election of the JKCA” in July last year.
High drama unfolded in the JKCA on July 20, 2015 as the rebel group elected Ansari as the President of JKCA in an attempt to end Farooq’s 35-year reign.
Farooq’s contentions are based on claims that election to JKCA is no more an annual affair following amendments in JKCA rules of 1957 in pursuance to the decisions by the general council and working committee of JKCA in 2011.