After 2012 cricket scandal, Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association Friday claimed that it has unearthed another scam of Crores of rupees.Addressing a press conference here, Chairman JKCA Mehboob Iqbal said that the scam pertains to the year 2008 when Rs 15 crore received from BCCI have been embezzled by the then office bearers Ehsan Mirza (Treasurer) and Saleem Khan (General Secretary). “The said officials have had opened a Bank account in Zoonimar Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank where loans of crores of rupees have been raised and subsequently liquidated by crediting the CCR’s of JKCA,” he said.Mehboob Iqbal said that the accounts have been transferred to the personal accounts of Ehsan Mirza and his relations.Iqbal Ahmed Shah, General Secretary JKCA on this occasion said that Ehsan Mirza have opened up two current accounts 1056 and 1020 in the name of JKCA at Zoonimar Branch. “After raising the loan the money was transferred to the personal account of Ehsan Mirza and his relation Huma Ehsan. It is surprising that the these accounts were opened up in the name of JKCA and transactions in crores have occurred and yet the Bank officials claim that they don’t know who had opened up these current accounts in the bank,” he said.Shah said that the pattern of embezzlement is same as has been followed by these officials in other branches of the J&K Bank at Air Cargo Branch Khanyar. “The Bank head of Khanyar was later on transferred to the Zoonimar and we are sure he is involved in this multi-crore scam,” he said.
Shah claimed that the higher ups of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank have harassed the Bank Manager for providing the details to the officials of JKCA. “JK Bank officials have facilitated the withdrawals of crores of rupees for the JKCA officials violating all the norms. The Bank officials did not provide the resolutions of opening of the accounts only to shield the signatories. The investigating agency investigating the earlier scam have not been able to locate this account or have preferred to remain silent about the account only to shield the influential office bearers of JKCA. The role of some of the Bank officials in the scam can’t be ruled out,” he said.General Secretary JKCA, Iqbal Ahmed Shah according to CNS said that the process of calculated plan of embezzlement started way back in 2003 when M.L.Nehru forced the elected treasurer Mukhtar Kanth to resign to pave way for Ehsan Mirza through back door to act as Treasurer. “Nehru has been instrumental in project Mirza and the later vandalized the financial resources of the Association,” he said.Both Mehboob Iqbal and Iqbal Ahmed Shah said that they are hopeful that CBI will investigate this scam as well and will expose the ‘corrupt and influential’ former office bearers of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association. (CNS)