The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday filed a chargesheet against former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and three others in connection with alleged irregularities and misappropriation of funds worth crores in the state cricket association, PTI reported. The allegations against the four first emerged in 2012.
Abdullah, then the president of the association, former general secretary Saleem Khan, former treasurer Ahsan Ahmad Mirza, and Jammu and Kashmir Bank executive Bashir Ahmad Misgar have been charged under the Ranbir Penal Code for criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.
The Ranbir Penal Code is in place in the state since the Indian Penal Code is not applicable there under the provisions of Article 370 of Constitution. The code was introduced during the reign of Dogra ruler Ranbir Singh, who rued the state from 1857 to 1885.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India granted Rs 112 crore to the state cricket body between 2002 and 2011 to develop the sport. The CBI has alleged that around Rs 43 crore of this amount was siphoned off by the accused, PTI reported. The central agency took over the case from the state police in 2015 following an order by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
In a statement, the National Conference said its president, Abdullah, would cooperate with the court’s proceedings. “It is important to yet again highlight, it was Dr Farooq Abdullah who sought the registration of an FIR relating to this matter in the first place,” the statement read. “Dr Farooq Abdullah has led his life guided by the strictest principles of selfless public service and probity. He is certain that truth shall prevail. The rank and file of the party draws inspiration from Dr Farooq Abdullah’s resolve to fight earnestly for the truth to be upheld and continues to fully support him in this endeavour.”