Breaking silence on the Cricket Scam, Farooq Abdullah has responded to the PIL seeking investigation into the FIR on the cricket scam involving crores provided by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association. He said that his name is being dragged only to tarnish his image and all the allegations are reckless and baseless. The former Chief Minister and JKCA president submitted a nearly 30 page response to the High court today saying that his name was being dragged in the petition to defame him.
The High Court had observed on June 2 that he cannot play with the courts and take them for granted. Farooq said that the answering respondent has been a member of the state Legislature and the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, besides being a Member of Parliament and he had been arrayed as respondent in the PIL without any basis or material for defaming his political image.
The special investigation team of the state police had revealed bogus JKCA accounts, adding that a check of JKCA records revealed that balance sheets did not give a proper picture of the state cricket body’s accounts. The SIT also said that the ongoing investigation revealed that the JKCA loaned Rs, 1.9 crore to key accused during a period when Farooq was at the helm of the JKCA during 2008-09 with documents bearing its president’s signatures.
Farooq in his response also revealed that due to the legal disputes between certain clubs and civil litigations as an interim decision, it was decided not to operate this account of the association by the secretary treasurer or chairman or any other member. The reply of Farooq reads, “However, facing this situation, the activities of the association came to a standstill, following which it was decided by the working committee to raise loans from the bank or any other private person.”
Treasurer Ahmsan Mirza also extended support by extending interest-free loan for the association till the association was in a position to return the same either after operation of the accounts or out of the aid of BCCI funding as submitted by Farooq adding that the loans raised were utilized for maintaining the activities of the JKCA and account books were maintained as per rules. Kashmir IGP has been directed to appear in person on July 27 by the High Court.