Newly Elected Body Legitimate, Ansari Says



Imran Ansari

The newly elected body of multi-crore scam hit Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association Monday evening held its first press conference at JKCA headquarters here which was addressed by its president and minister for sports, Imran Reza Ansari.

Ansari said that the newly elected body is legitimate and has started functioning from today. He was accompanied by tainted Mehboob Iqbal and other association members.

Earlier in the day, reports claimed that an excise magistrate in Jammu had stayed the forming of the new body but Ansari said “nothing has come to them in shape of any order or notice”.

“According to the rule book of JKCA Constitution, in absence of association president, Chairman/Vice Chairman can hold a meeting regarding any decision and the majority vote of the association members shall take the final decision,” Ansari said adding that the new body was elected this morning. JKCA has 64 members and 46 were present in today’s election which unanimously elected Imran Raza Ansari as the new president.

NC president and former CM Dr Farooq Abdullah headed the JKCA and was yet to complete his three year term before today’s election. He too is named in the multi-crore scam which is sub-judice yet.

Answering a question, Ansari said, “the multi-crore scam case is going on in the court.” Judiciary, he said, shall take its own course but let game not suffer.

Ansari said that the JKCA held an open election in full media glare which was attended by observers from government and the JK Bank as well. “The members were interviewed to check their authenticity.”

The new president added that the association will talk to quarters concerned to lessen the presence of Khaki in the area. “This is a no-go-area for state subjects; we shall ensure renaissance of game,” he said.

Further, he asserted that the only cricket ground in the state shall not be used for any political activity. “We will tell the authorities that the pitch is delicate so spare it for only cricket.”

“We are getting lots of grants from BCCI and state too has its budget for cricket, so our priority shall be ensuring state of art facilities for players,” he said.


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