Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday stayed the elections of the J&K Cricket Association (JKCA) headed by former chief minister Farooq Abdullah.
The order was passed by Justice Ali Mohammad Magray after hearing the parties involved in a writ petition filed by International Cricket Club (ICC) and another petitioner Avtar Kishen Tikoo. Affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, JKCA was scheduled to hold its elections on July 6.
The petition, followed by a Civil Miscellaneous Application, has sought appointment of a receiver to hold the accounts of the JKCA besides an in-depth inquiry into the payments worth crores of rupees made allegedly through self-drawn cheques to the contractors and other payees by the JKCA office-bearers. Mr. Abdullah has been operating as the president and the former advocate-general Mohammad Aslam Goni as the chairman of JKCA since long.
A fresh application was filed by the petitioners, seeking a detailed inquiry by the CBI when the scandal of bogus JKCA accounts surfaced in March 2012. It pleaded that J&K Police or other State agencies were not expected to hold a credible investigation in a body that had a sitting Union Minister as its president.
Following a hullabaloo in media and political circles, Mr. Goni filed an application before the police in Srinagar seeking registration of FIR and an investigation.
Mr. Goni contested the petition seeking the CBI investigation and claimed in the High Court that J&K Police were smoothly conducting the investigation. The court did not endorse the plea of CBI probe. The case was listed after over a year on Thursday as none of the parties pressed for a speedy disposal.