JKCA officials asked to step down on allegation of funds misappropriation

Funds misappropriated might be much higher than the Rs 1.5 crore AFP

Srinagar: Mar 8, 2012

Two office bearers of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association have been asked to step down following allegations of misappropriation of funds against them.

“General Secretary Ehsan Mirza, then treasurer of the Association, and Chief Administrative Officer Saleem Khan have been asked to resign from their respective posts after the former confessed that account books were not properly kept during his tenure as treasurer,” an official of the Association told PTI today.

While Mirza has submitted his resignation, Khan was yet to put in his papers. “If he fails to comply with the orders, he (Khan) will not be allowed inside the JKCA premises,” the official said.

He said Chairman of the Association, Mohammad Aslam Goni called a meeting yesterday following allegations that huge amount of funds of the JKCA have been misappropriated by creating fictitious accounts when Mirza was the treasurer in 2009.

“Mirza was summoned to the meeting by the chairman where he admitted to shortfall in the accounts. He has been asked to deposit Rs 1.5 crore in the JKCA accounts by the end of this month,” the official added.

He said the matter has been referred to the Finance and Disciplinary Committee of the Association for a detailed investigation as allegations are that the amount of funds misappropriated might be much higher than the Rs 1.5 crore.

“Once the two committees submit their reports, it will be discussed in the Working Committee for taking appropriate further action,” the official added. (PTI)