JKCA imbroglio: Abdullah quashes suspension

Published: Friday, September 29, 2006, 21:55 [IST]
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Srinagar: The ongoing controversy in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) has taken yet another turn after its President and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah issued a circular quashing the suspension of some members of the body.

In the circular dated Aug 31 and published in a local English daily today, Dr Abdullah termed ''illegal and without authority'' the suspension of senior JKCA member Ghulam Mohammad Ronga and also turned down the recommendations to suspend General secretary Saleem Ahmad Khan.

He said the JKCA Working Committee meet called and chaired by the Chairman here on July 18 in pursuance of his notice on July 6 has not been in accordance with rules of the state cricket body.

''Being the JKCA President, it is my prerogative to chair the JKCA meetings which are properly convened by the General Secretary as provided under rules. It has also come to my notice that some people who are not genuine members of the JKCA Working Committee for 2006-07 have been permitted by the Chairman to participate in the meeting held on July 18,'' the circular read.

As the meeting was called and chaired by the JKCA Chairman without the necessary involvement of the General Secretary and the President, Dr Abdullah said it cannot be termed as ''valid''.

''Accordingly any decisions taken or resolutions passed are inoperative, invalid and illegal and therefore rendered null and void,'' he added.

Mr Khan, who is the General Secretary and an elected office bearer like the Chairman, has been functioning and will continue to function as such and discharge his duties, the circular said.

''All correspondence with BCCI or from BCCI will be done by him and not by any other JKCA office bearer,'' it added.

Dr Abdullah said the question of indiscipline exhibited by Mr Ronga does not arise. Taking to a legal recourse is a right of every member, which cannot be curbed by intimidatory actions. The JKCA rules do not provide for any indisciplinary action against the Working Committee members on such grounds, the circular said.

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