J&K Cricket Association mess: Farooq Abdullah files complaint against Ansari group


A day after a majority group elected a new managing body at the helm of the scam-hit Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, former CM Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said he had filed a police complaint against some members, who allegedly broke locks of the association’s headquarters and ransacked the office.

Earlier on Monday, veteran National Conference leader Abdullah had been replaced at the cricket body’s helm by J&K sports minister Imran Ansari, who was elected unopposed. Abdullah had refused to contest elections on the back of financial impropriety charges during his earlier tenure.

“Who are they (Ansari group),” Abdullah said while addressing a press conference at the JKCA headquarters. “They barged into the office and we have filed a complaint with police.”

Abdullah also alleged that the master behind all the recent drama was the current Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed himself. “This all is being done under the directions of Mufti Sayeed,” added the former CM.

It was the first time Abdullah had seemingly lost control of the J&K cricket association since 1980 when he was first elected as president of the body.  Abdullah had meanwhile also said that his ouster is illegal because he had a three-year term to serve as the board’s president and that he would ‘fight till the end’ in this matter.

Shortly after being ousted from his position of J&K Cricket Association chief, however, Abdullah was on Monday reinstated to the post through a High Court stay order.

Earlier this month, former JKCA president Abdullah had said in a response submitted to the High Court that his name was being unnecessarily dragged in the scam involving crores provided by BCCI. Abdullah said that it was an attempt to ‘defame’ him and ‘tarnish his political image’.

“I am meeting BCCI officials tomorrow to discuss this issue,” Abdullah, who is travelling to Delhi this evening, concluded.



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