Saturday, March 10, 2012

JKCA members demand Gonis ouster

Police raids office, residences of Mirza, Khan

Police today raided the office of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) and the residences of two accused in the multi-crore scam in the Association after an FIR was lodged against them with the police. The working committee members of the JKCA have asked the president, Dr Farooq Abdullah, to clean the mess in JKCA by removing backdoor entrants like its chairman, Aslam Goni.

JKCA chairman, Mohammad Aslam Goni, today lodged an FIR (27/2012 dated 10-03-2011) in the police station Ram Munshi Bagh, Srinagar, against former general secretary Ahsan Mirza and former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Salim Khan.

Police conducted raids in the JKCA office at high security Sonwar area in the SK Cricket Stadium in the morning and seized the records of the Association. However, they could only find the records from July 2011 onwards as they were told that rest of the records are with former general secretary, Ahsan Mirza.

Soon after, the police party raided the house of Salim Khan at Chhanpora and documents regarding JKCA were seized from there. It was followed by the raid on the house of Ahsan Mirza at Nageen where documents pertaining to JKCA were seized. However, neither Salim Khan nor Ahsan Mirza were present at their residences as both of them evaded arrests.

Both Mirza and Khan approached the session's court Srinagar for anticipatory bail. Mirza was granted the anticipatory bail by the Session Court till Wednesday while Khan was refused the bail as court asked him to wait for the police report.

Both Mirza and Khan were called by SSP Srinagar Aashiq Bukhari to his office in the evening. Mirza went straight to SSP's office from the Court while Khan didn't report to his office as he was not granted the anticipatory bail.

Meanwhile, Excelsior has got hold of a letter (Shiraz/ADV/2012) that was issued on March 1, 2012 by the Manager Jammu and Kashmir Bank Branch, Khanyar, Srinagar. The letter addressed to the chairman JKCA says: "On the authority of letter issued by hon'ble president J&KCA the loan of ` 1.9 crore was raised against own deposits of the Association on July 3, 2008 and proceeds whereof were credited to Current Account No. 90695 of Ahsan Mirza maintained with the business unit."

The letter confirmed that the loan of ` 1.9 crore on July 7, 2008 availed by Ahsan Mirza against the two fixed deposits of JKCA bearing numbers 1824619 and 1824620 of ` 1.15 crore each and was credited to his account had sanction of the JKCA top brass.

It may be mentioned here that the letter was issued by the manger in order to save his skin after he was repeatedly asked by the present treasurer, Manzoor Wazir, about the ` 1.9 crore loan that was raised by JKCA and transferred to Ahsan Mirza's account.

In the meantime, records suggested that the JKCA's shady Current Account (90696) in J&K Bank Branch Khanyar was opened by Ahsan Mirza after the production of a copy of the 2005-2006 Resolution of the JKCA that was signed by JKCA president Farooq Abdullah, Saleem Khan and Ahsan Mirza. However, then Chairman Mehboob Iqbal had not signed it.

Meanwhile, the JKCA members today demanded suspension of the chairman of the JKCA, Aslam Goni, former secretary Ahsan Mirza and former CAO Salim Khan from the working committee.

In a resolution passed unanimously today by the 35 members of the working committee, president of the JKCA, Dr Farooq Abdullah was asked to convene a meeting of the fresh working committee members and dissolve the present office bearers.

The resolution said that the scam has tarnished the image of JKCA and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). "The office bearers of the JKCA are not the genuine members of the Association and have forced their entry in the JKCA through sheer exploitation of their contacts", the resolution read.

The genuine cricketers can never indulge in such type of loot of money meant for cricket and we feel that making a scape goat can't clean the Association, the resolution reads further.

The chairman of the Bank Mushtaq Ahmad, meanwhile has directed the Supervision and Control division of the bank to probe how the JKCA officials were allowed to withdraw such huge amounts of money in cash and other aspects of the JKCA accounts.

"We are investigating the case and it will take some time. The bank division is already looking into the matter", the chairman added.

Our Jammu Correspondent adds:-

Aslam Goni told press conference that JKCA will cooperate with the investigating agencies to unearth the scam and make all the records available for their perusal so that action may be taken against the persons, who were found guilty in the multi-crore scam.

Goni further stated that Ahsan Mirza accepted his fault and asked the authorities that he will pay the amount back to JKCA during a meeting with him and other officials of the association at Srinagar.

Responding to the queries, Goni said that the current treasurer Manzoor Ahmad Wazir of the association noticed the bogus account of the Jammu Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) and bungling of crores of rupees being provided by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as subsidy and informed Dr Farooq Abdullah, president of the association, who further told him to lodge an FIR in this regard, so that the truth may come out.

He further added that they have taken the matter with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and have asked them to provide full details of the subsidy amount sanctioned to JKCA from the year 1996 to till date so that they can detect the fraud.

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