CBI files charges sheet in multi crore JKCA scam, puts Farooq on Notice

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SRINAGAR, JULY 16: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday filed a charge sheet in multi crore scam in Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) in Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Court in Srinagar.

Sources said that at the time of filing of the charge sheet, some accused were present, however former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was not present.

It was learnt that Dr Abdullah, who was president of the JKCA, was out of the country.

The CBI had sent a summon to all the accused to remain present in the court. The scam involves the payment of Rs 113.67 crore by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to the state cricket body from 2002 to 2011 and subsequent misappropriation of funds of over Rs 40 crore with the name of former J&K Chief Minister and NC patron Farooq Abdullah, who served as the JKCA president during this period.

Agencies add: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday filed charge sheet before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Srinagar, against four accused, including former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah, in the multi-crore J&K Cricket Association scam.

With Farooq Abdullah arrayed as accused no. 4 in the charge sheet spread over 8,000 pages, the charges have been framed against the accused for the offences committed under Sections 120B, 406 & 409 of the Ranbir Penal Code.

The CBI has levelled charges of criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust against Abdullah, the then president of JKCA, Md Saleem Khan — the then general secretary, Ahsan Ahmad Mirza — the then treasurer and Bashir Ahmad Misgar, an executive in the J&K Bank.

The BCCI gave Rs 112 crore to the JKCA between 2002 and 2011 for the development of cricket facilities in the state. Of this, Rs 43.69 crore was siphoned off and misappropriated by the accused, the agency has alleged.

The high court on 9 March last year had handed over the probe to CBI, observing that police investigation lacked both speed and credibility and that lack of will to dig out the scamsters was writ large on the face of its performance.