CBI to Register Case Soon in JKCA Scam

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NEW DELHI:

CBI is all set to register a probe into alleged swindling of funds in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association.

CBI sources said the investigation is likely to be opened this week.

However, they refused to divulge whether a preliminary enquiry will be registered or if the agency will directly file a regular case in connection with the alleged misappropriation of funds.

The sources said that the agency has studied the order and action is likely to be initiated soon after the case was handed over to CBI by a Division Bench of Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

The bench comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Bansi Lal Bhat had pronounced the order on September 3 on a PIL filed by two cricketers — Majid Yaqoob Dar and Nissar Ahmad Khan — into the alleged scam in the J-K Cricket Association (JKCA) that had surfaced in 2012.

The bench had on August 25 reserved its order on whether to hand over to the crime branch or any other agency the investigation into the alleged embezzlement of over Rs 113 crore of funds in the cricket association, which was headed by former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah at the time.

The alleged scam was being investigated by a special team of police, which had failed to conclude its probe after nearly three years.

“Our only doubt is whether the crime branch can go to BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) from where funds are flowing and make investigation there (BCCI headquarters, Mumbai) or some central agency is to be involved,” the bench had observed during the last hearing.

JKCA found itself caught in another controversy in July when a rebel members’ group sought to end Abdullah’s 35-year-old rule as the president of the association by electing PDP leader and Sports Minister Imran Reza Ansari as its new chief.

The Abdullah-led faction has challenged that election in court.

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