Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Wednesday directed Central Bureau of Investigation to submit status of probe into multi-crore scam in Jammu and Kashmir cricket Association.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a Division Bench of Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal passed the direction following an application filed by the india’s premier investigation agency, seeking further six months time for completing the probe.
Counsel representing BCCI as well as state counsel opposed with rider the request of CBI with the submission that sufficient has been granted to the agency by the court.
BCCI counsel submitted that while has no objection for extension of time, it should be last and final as the judgment in the matter has been passed in September 2015 and since then three extension applications have been filed by the CBI for extension of time for carrying the investigation.
He submitted that till the investigation was concluded, the amount which has been embezzled may be recovered. However, the court observed that since the investigation was yet to be completed, the recovery may also be done at proper time.
Counsel for the state also opposed the application of CBI, and without referring the name of anyone, submitted that big-wigs are involved in the matter as such state wants the investigation be completed as early as possible. “If CBI needs any cooperation from us, we are ready to extend the same,” state counsel said.
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.
“Having regard for the quantum and magnitude of the scam involving huge loss of public money and failure of (police) to conduct the investigation with speed, fairness and objectivity and given the inordinate delay in concluding the investigation coupled with lack of credibility the (police) and also taking into consideration the serious allegations made against the, beneficiaries involved including the influential and mighty, we are of the considered opinion that it is a fit case where the investigation must be handed over to CBI for purposes of a fair and result oriented investigation,” the high court had said and order the court’s registry judicial to send a copy of the judgment to the Director CBI for taking the investigation. It directed the CBI to bring ingestion to a logical conclusion, as expeditiously as possible, “preferably within six months.”
In its 17-page judgment, the court gave a detailed rationale for handing over the probe to CBI and not to the state’s crime branch as was suggested by advocate Mian Qayoom, counsel for the petitioners—, the two crickets from the Valley— Majid Yaqoob Dar and Nissar Ahmad Khan. ( Source: kashmirobserver.net)