SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Monday granted three more months to the CBI to complete its investigation into a multi-crore scam in Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA).
A division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey granted the time while disposing of an application filed by the CBI through Davinder Singh, Inspector of Police, CBI.
The CBI in its application had said that curfew in Kashmir had made investigation impossible. “No investigation could be carried out in the state due to imposition of continuous curfew. Whatever progress was possible, it was done by carrying out the investigation in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan,” the CBI said in its application.
The CBI also stated that the bank accounts which were “clandestinely opened and operated for siphoning of funds of JKCA” have been traced. It said that a chart of the money flow had been prepared and concerned persons were being examined.
“Multiple bank accounts of different individuals in which funds of JKCA have been transferred during the relevant period have been also spotted and documents collected. Reason for transfer for funds needs to be further investigated,” the CBI told the court.
In a similar application filed in March this year, the CBI had stated that Rs 1,12,33,04,618 had been paid by the BCCI to JKCA from April 2002 to December 31, 2011.
“The investigation of the case is spread over different parts of India, that is Maharashtra, J&K, Punjab, and Delhi and hence, it is time consuming,” the CBI had said.
The High Court on March 9 last year had handed over the probe to CBI, observing that police investigation lacked both speed and credibility.
The court had the CBI to bring the investigation to a logical conclusion, “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—two cricketers from the Valley, Majid Yaqoob Dar and Nissar Ahmad Khan.