Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Wednesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file a fresh report in its investigation into a multi-crore scam in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA). The court also granted more time to the CBI to conclude its investigation into the scam.
A division bench of Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal remarked that a fresh report must be submitted before court by the investigating agency even as the agency can continue to investigate.
During a previous hearing, the CBI in its application had said that prolonged curfew in Kashmir had made the investigation impossible. “No investigation could be carried out in the state due to imposition of continuous curfew,” the CBI said in its application. “Whatever progress was possible, it was done by carrying out the investigation in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.”
The CBI had also stated that the bank accounts which were “clandestinely opened and operated for siphoning of funds of JKCA” had been traced. It said that a chart of the money flow had been prepared and the persons involved 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 112 crore had been paid by the BCCI to JKCA from April 2002 to December 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 the CBI, observing that police investigation lacked both speed and credibility. The court had asked the CBI to bring the investigation to a logical conclusion, “preferably within six months”.
In its 17-page judgment, the court provided the rationale for handing over the probe to the CBI and not to J&K’s crime branch, as was suggested by advocate Mian Qayoom, counsel for the petitioners—two cricketers Majid Yaqoob Dar and Nissar Ahmad Khan from Kashmir.