Clean Bowled: Farooq Abdullah may be chargesheeted by CBI
New Delhi: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah, after having ruled the state cricket body for 35 years, has found his nemesis in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which is likely to file a chargesheet against him in connection with financial irregularities in the Jammu Kashmir Cricket Association.
The investigative agency has already got some clinching proofs against Abdullah, according to sources. A scam of Rs 34 crores has been believed to have taken place in the Jammu Kashmir Cricket Association by the then treasurer Ahsan Mirza on the behest of Abdullah, as per preliminary reports.
The CBI is enquiring the case following the orders of Jammu Kashmir High Court on the petition filed by cricketer Majid Yakub.
Yakub, in his petition, alleged that crores of rupees had been swindled in the association during the last few years and the High Court had ordered the CBI probe in this case on August 25, 2015.
The central investigation agency has found that Abdullah did not do anything directly but the shady transaction of funds might have made through Ahsan Mirza, who was appointed as treasurer in 2011, on behest of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister.
According to the allegations, a scam of Rs 113 crores has been done but the proofs with the central investigation agency have confirmed the scam of over Rs 34 crores, which were transferred to personal accounts of beneficiaries by Mirza. There is no record of the transaction in the financial books of the association.
Sleuths of investigative agency have also quizzed bank officers including the chief of Jammu and Kashmir Bank and it is also being reported that Mirza have requested the CBI to make him approver in the case. The CBI, however, has enough documents in the case that they do not require approver.
It may be mentioned that Abdullah was the chairman of Jammu Kashmir Cricket Association for 35 consecutive years from 1980 to 2015 before he was defeated by the present chairman Imam Ansari.
It was the strong hold of Abdullah that the committees of Ansari and Abdullah were selecting the players differently and even the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) refused to intervene into the matter.