Ashiq Bukhari to work under supervision of Committee of Administrators
Srinagar: The JK High Court on Wednesday appointed former deputy inspector general of police (DIG) Ashiq Hussain Bukhari as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) for running its affairs under the supervision and control of its Committee of Administrators.
A division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Magrey said that a suitable person was required to be appointed as CEO who may also have administrative skills
“Therefore, we deem it appropriate to appoint Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, IPS, retired DIG, as Chief Executive Officer who, after approval of the Committee of Administrators, shall associate some reliable undisputed members of the Working Committee who have not incurred disqualification, for running the affairs of JKCA under the supervision and control of Committee of Administrators till rules are amended and elections are held,” the court said.
The court also appointed a retired judge, Justice Syed Bashir-ud-din, as ombudsman for settling disputes among 12 cricketing clubs and other issues before the association.
The court, while disposing of five writ petitions, said that the ombudsman shall take the task of settling up disputes for the implementation of the directions of the Supreme Court in line with the recommendations of the Lodha Committee.
The division bench remarked that though the cricket association had to appoint the ombudsman, but because they have not done it, the court “deems it proper to appoint the ombudsman for settling up the disputes”.
The court directed that the Board of Cricket Control of India and the JKCA shall render all assistance to the administrators to effectively perform their duties.
Monthly remunerations, allowances and other conditions during the term as ombudsman in office were kept the same as that of a judge of the High Court.
On an earlier hearing, a single judge had given the power to two administrators to appoint the ombudsman.
The court, however, upheld single bench judgment in the appointment of the administrators.
Justice C. K. Prasad, former judge of the Supreme Court, and Justice Syed Rafat Alam, former Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh and Allahabad High Courts, have already been appointed as administrators of the J&K Cricket Association to conduct and ensure free and fair elections.
“The game of cricket has not flourished yet due to the embezzlement of funds, dispute between the members of 12 clubs and rivalry among groups. Now with the implementation of the judgments of Apex court, the game will flourish,” the court said.