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CBI chargesheets Farooq Abdullah, 3 others in Rs 43-crore cricket scam

Abdullah was president of the JKCA when alleged misappropriation of crores of rupees came to light

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday filed a charge sheet against former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and three others in the infamous multi-crore scam in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA).

The charge sheet against Farooq Abdullah, who is a sitting Lok Sabha member, and others was filed in the court of Srinagar’s Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM).
Farooq Abdullah was not present in the court at the time of filing the charge sheet as he is abroad.

Abdullah was president of the JKCA when alleged misappropriation of crores of rupees came to light.

The CBI had reportedly sent summons to all the accused to be present in the court. The scam involves 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 43.69 crore.

The High Court on 9 March last year 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.

The CBI has levelled charges of criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust under the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) against Abdullah, Mohammad 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 113 crore to the JKCA between 2002 and 2011 for development of cricket facilities in the state. Of this, Rs 43.69 crore was allegedly siphoned off and misappropriated by the accused, the CBI has alleged.