SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) rocked with Rs 43-lakh Biryani scam as amount sanctioned for development of sport allegedly swindled by those in charge of affairs .
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has filed a complaint against the JKFA for embezzlement of funds worth several hundred thousand rupees provided to them by the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Board for the promotion of soccer.
The case is filed against JKFA Chairman Zamir Thakur, Treasurer Surinder Singh Bunty, Managing Director SA Hameed and Member Fayaz Ahmad and other officers for embezzlement of funds worth thousands of rupees withdrawn against false and fabricated bills.
“As of now, no one has been arrested. Further action will only be taken after the investigation is completed.
The case has already been registered after the initial investigation in which fraud was detected.
According to ACB, some football fans filed a written complaint through a certain Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat against the mess of the JKFA. It has been alleged that the funds allocated by the J&K Sports Council and other governmental and semi-governmental agencies to carry out football activities in J&K have been misused and the funds have been sanctioned by the government through of the J&K Sports Council to organize tournaments like Khelo India and Mufti Memorial Gold Cup. have not been used correctly.
Preliminary investigation revealed that members of the Association showed an amount of Rs 43,06,500 paid to Mughal Darbar Restaurant, Polo View in Srinagar for the purchase of Biryani as refreshment for the teams.
However, the ACB found that no such refreshment had ever been offered to a team in any district of Kashmir province. The invoices were lifted by the Association and registered before the ACB was found to be false.
The ACB also found that an amount of Rs 1,41,300 was paid to Hindustan Photostat for various activities. It was during the investigation that it was found false and prepared by resorting to counterfeiting.
The investigation revealed that Rs 43,06,500 was deducted from the Rs 50 lakh budget released for the Kashmir division by J&K Sports Council which upon investigation was found drawn on the basis of fake invoices or documents and falsified.
According to ACB, it was also found that the J&K Sports Council disbursed these funds to the JKFA prior to the start of the events without guaranteeing an account of on-field usage and tracking thereof.
The investigation carried out revealed that all these notes are falsified because they bear the handwriting of the same person.
The ACB discovered that the amount was drawn by preparing fake and fabricated invoices by J&K Football Association members, including JKFA President Zameer Ahmad Thakur, Treasurer SS Bunty, Managing Director SA Hameed, Chairman from the JKFA district Fayaz Ahmad and others.
A case (see FIR No. 30/22 under Section 5(1) (c), 5(1) (d) read with Section 5(2) of the JK PC Act Svt 2006 and Section 465, 467, 468, 471, and 120-B of the Ranbir Penal Code) was registered at ACB Srinagar Police Station. (KNT)
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