Embezzlement worth crores detected

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Dec 6:  The investigations into the multi-crore Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) scam have found misappropriation of crores of rupees by the office bearers of the JKCA.
The status report filed by Superintendent of Police East Zone Srinagar, before the division bench of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, disclosed that crores of rupees as outstanding against some previous office bearers and representative of JKCA and other Cricket Associations of the country since 2002.
In its report SP East Zone states that during scrutiny of records, it was found that approximately an amount of Rs 3.8 crore is outstanding against some previous office bearers and representatives of JKCA.
“Similarly cash approximately amounting to Rs 4.06 crore has been found outstanding against 4 office bearers as loan by different means and in addition to this, approximately an amount of Rs 2.83 crore has been shown as expenditure under development at various sites which is being verified”, reveals the report.
The investigating agency seized official records from the JKCA headquarters as well as from the Ex-General Secretary of JKCA, Mohammad Saleem Khan, and Ex-treasurer of JKCA, Ahsan Mirza who are allegedly accused in the scam.
Court has been also apprised that Bank records pertaining to the JKCA accounts were seized and the statement of witnesses was recorded U/S 161 CRPC.
The investigating agency has also approached the Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI), wherefrom details of payments made to the JKCA were obtained in two phases from the financial year 2002-03 up to 31-12-2011, which shows that Rs approximately Rs 113.67 crore was deposited through cheques from time to time in JKCA accounts.
The investigation report states that in view of recent floods in September, seized records pertaining to the case has been damaged in Police Station Ram Munshi Bagh, Srinagar. “They are being dried and retrieved in P/S Kothibagh. District Police Officer Srinagar has been requested through communication to assess the damages caused to seized records through a committee and team of officers has been constituted for the purpose and proceedings thereof is under process”, the report says.
The division bench of the HC comprising Justice MH Attar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey directed: “The SP city zone east Srinagar to file affidavit about the outcome of committee (team) report in respect of the FIR which is subject matter of this PIL by next date.”
The PIL has been filed by the two persons Majid Yaqoob Dar and Nissar Ahmad Khan who remained to be the Ranji Trophy Player and Club Level Player respectively. They alleged that Rs 40 crore embezzlements by JKCA members.
Petitioners are praying for investigation of matter by a high level team of reputed police officers or from any authorized department.
They also seek investigation of FIR No.27/2012 registered in Police Station Ram Munshi Bagh Srinagar and for bringing the guilty to book and to remove office bearers of JKCA who according to them have got themselves elected on 12-5-2014 fraudulently and dishonestly.
The respondents in the PIL include BCCI through its Secretary, Dr Farooq Abdullah, President JKCA, Chief Secretary of the State, Director General of Police, SSP Srinagar, Ehsan Mirza, Saleem Khan and Moti Lal Nehru.


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