Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Tuesday directed Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to produce charge-sheet in the multi-crore Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) scam within one month.
The division bench comprising of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Sanjeev Kumar granted one month to CBI to produce the challan and closure report of investigation before the competent court after the CBI counsel Tahir Majid Shamsi submitted the status report of investigation.
Shamsi said the investigation was complete and they required one month time for scrutinization of document evidences.
The case pertained to alleged embezzlement of approximately 113 crore at the JKCA in 2012.
The Board of Cricket Council of India (BCCI) had transferred a total amount of Rs 112 crore (1, 12, 33, 04,618) to JKCA from April 2002 to December 31, 2011 which were allegedly embezzled.
The High Court on March 9 last year had handed over the probe to the CBI, observing that the 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 the J&K Crime Branch, as sought by advocate Mian Qayoom, counsel for the petitioners Majid Yaqoob Dar and Nissar Ahmad Khan – two cricketers from Kashmir.
“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 (of) 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.
The court has already directed the state to provide necessary support to the investigating agency during the course of investigation.