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Investigation into multi-crore JKCA scam be handed over to NIA: Brig Gupta

Jammu & Kashmir last week has expressed annoyance at CBI for its failure to complete investigation into the alleged multi-crore scam in Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association that involves Dr Farooq Abdullah, MP and President of National Conference. A division bench of the Honourable High Court is quite justified in its observation since on March 9 last year the Court had handed over the probe to the CBI and had asked the agency to bring the investigation to a logical conclusion within six months, stated Brig Anil Gupta, State Spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party in a press release issued today.
The honourable High Court had handed over the probe to CBI, observing that police investigation lacked both speed and credibility and that lack of will to dig out the scamsters was writ large on the face of its performance. The Court had then observed, “Having regard for the quantum and magnitude of the scam involving huge loss of public money and failure of (police) to conduct the investigation with speed, fairness and objectivity and given the inordinate delay in concluding the investigation coupled with lack of credibility the (police) and also taking into consideration the serious allegations made against the, beneficiaries involved including the influential and mighty, we are of the considered opinion that it is a fit case where the investigation must be handed over to CBI for purposes of a fair and result oriented investigation,” the high court had said and order the court’s registry judicial to send a copy of the judgment to the Director CBI for taking the investigation. It directed the CBI to bring ingestion to a logical conclusion, as expeditiously as possible, “preferably within six months.” But the CBI has failed to meet the dead line set by the Court and instead CBI’s counsel Tahir Shamsi had moved an application before the court seeking more time to complete the investigation, stated Brig Gupta.
Considering the fact that the accused are charged under Sections 406, 168 and 120-B of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) for allegedly making the sports body a lending agency and for operating many bogus accounts, a needle of suspicion arises if the misappropriated amount could have been used for terror funding, exclaimed Brig Gupta? Dr. Farooq Abdullah’s old links with Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and his pro-Pakistan stance lends credence to this suspicion. Though the Court has granted three week time as last and final opportunity to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file the status report, in all fairness the investigation needs to be handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA), which has successfully busted the terror funding network in the State demanded the Spokesperson.