JKCA elects minister as new president

The Supreme Court has barred ministers holding a post in BCCI or any of its affiliated units.

Imran Raza Ansari is the sports minister of Jammu and Kashmir.   -  NISSAR AHMAD

Within a day of the Supreme Court putting a stop on ministers holding any post in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or any of its affiliated units, the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) on Tuesday went ahead with its annual elections and elected sports minister Imran Raza Ansari as president.

According to a member of the JKCA, 14 of the 62 votes belonged to state government representatives. “The Supreme Court order bars government officials from being part of the cricket administration but here the rule has been flouted. The JKCA has selected Abdul Rouf as the treasurer and he too doesn’t qualify because he is said to be 75 years old,” said the source.

Mehboob Iqbal (chairman) and Iqbal Shah (general secretary) were the other office-bearers elected.

According to agency reports from Srinagar, the former JKCA president Farooq Abdullah had obtained a stay from a Jammu court. “The court has kept in abeyance the decisions of the working committee which met in Srinagar today,” said Abhinav Sharma, the lawyer representing Abdullah’s faction to PTI.