New Twist in Cricket Scam; MP Owaisi Says One Accused Fled to Pakistan with Rs 20 Crores

Bilal Handoo

SRINAGAR

Asaduddin Owaisi
Asaduddin Owaisi

The firebrand parliamentarian from Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi dropped a new bombshell in a scam-infested Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) claiming that one board member fled to Pakistan with Rs 20 crores swindled out of around 120 crores.

While questioning the Modi-led union government’s stand on the scam, Owaisi—an Indian politician, who is the President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and three-time Member of Parliament (MP) from Hyderabad constituency said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday: “There was a 120 crore scam in JK Cricket Association. Of that total amount, one man grabbed Rs 20 crores and fled to Pakistan.” Without revealing the name of the member, Owaisi also castigated the union government for its inaction on issue.

Dr-Farooq-Abdullah-with-other-Cricket-Board-Kashmir-Members
Dr Farooq with other JKCA Members in this file pic.

Notably, JKCA is under scanner for misappropriation of Rs 113.66 crore received from BCCI between April 2002 and December 2011. The money was allegedly swindled by board members to live a lavish lifestyle. Once the rot was out, BCCI stopped funding and thus affected the gentleman’s game.

The scam surfaced in March 2012 after JKCA’s treasurer Manzoor Wazir filed a police complaint against former office-bearers, Mohammad Saleem Khan (former general secretary) and Ahsan Mirza (former treasurer).

Soon the list of around 50 erred individuals was out. In the police action that ensued, 10 people including Dr Abdullah faced FIR No 27/2012 under Sections 406, 168 and 120-B of the RPC for making the JKCA a lending agency and for operating many bogus accounts.

But the action against NC patron never followed, making many believe that JKCA is more of a mafia than a sports body.

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