PDP Seeks Criminal Case Against Farooq Abdullah In JKCA Scam

PDP Seeks Criminal Case Against Farooq Abdullah In JKCA Scam

8 March 2012
Greater Kashmir


Jammu: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today staged walkout from Legislative Assembly demanding registration of criminal case against Union Minister and president Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) Dr Farooq Abdullah for his alleged role in Rs 50 crore embezzlement scam that has surfaced in the Association. The matter surfaced when a member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), during Question Hour, wanted to know about the fate of a complaint lodged by him with regard to the alleged misappropriation of funds in JKCA. Minister for Sports, RS Chib, however, expressed his inability to answer his queries on the pretext that JKCA does not fall under his Ministry. Meanwhile Leader of the Opposition, Mehbooba Mufti drew attention of Speaker towards the reports of Rs 50 crore alleged fraud in JKCA. However, Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone ordered expunging words as issue does not pertain to Sports Ministry. Later talking to the reporters outside the assembly, Mehbooba said Farooq Abdullah cannot escape responsibility as he heads the Association and it was impossible that he had no information about wrongdoings going on in the organization. “Government cannot suppress facts, but if FIR was lodged against Suresh Kalmadi after the exposure of Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam, why not against Farooq Abdullah and others in the case”, she said. Leader of the Opposition alleged that earlier charges were leveled against Union Minister after the death of NC worker Haji Muhammad Yousuf that tickets for MLA and MLC seats were being sold by him. “At that time no investigation was carried out against the charges and facts were suppressed. This time also, we are expecting same thing to happen”, she alleged. PDP demanded in-depth inquiry in the entire episode as huge money meant for “the development of sports and cricket in J&K has been galloped by corrupt functionaries of the Association”. “Rs 50 crore is not a small amount and those responsible should be booked under law,” she said. Mehbooba raised question mark over the way government has terminated an employee after misappropriation of funds was exposed. “On what basis officer was terminated from the service. We demand detailed inquiry in the issue?” she said. It is pertinent to mention that Chief Administrative Officer of the Association was terminated while another officer resigned on his own from the Association after the detection of the fraud in which some fake accounts were created and money diverted. There are reports that Rs 50 crore have been diverted to bogus accounts to mint money which comes for the infrastructural development of the sports, particularly cricket. Most of the funds come from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association.