The High Court (HC) Wednesday ordered appointment of Justice Syed Bashir-ud-din( retired) as Ombudsman to settle issues between cricking clubs and retired Deputy Inspector General (DIG) police, Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, as Chief Executive Officer of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA).
For settlement of disputes among 12 clubs and other disputes of the JKCA, HC ordered that Ombudsman is appointed who “shall take up the task of settling the disputes among clubs and other disputes of JKCA.’’ The Court ordered the implementation of the directions of Supreme Court in line with recommendations of Lodha Committee.
The division bench comprising Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir remarked, “We deem it proper to appoint the Ombudsman for settling disputes.”
Earlier a single bench of HC had given the power to two administrators to appoint the Ombudsman which the Division bench considered “inappropriate.”
The monthly remuneration, allowances and other conditions during the term of Ombudsman in office were kept same as that of the judge of the High Court. For the position of CEO, Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, was appointed by the HC.
It was further directed that the CEO JKCA after the approval of the committee of administrators shall associate some “reliable undisputed members of the working committee who have not experienced disqualification for running the affairs of JKCA under the supervision and control of committee of Administrators till rules are amended and elections are held.”
The HC upheld the single bench judgment in the appointment of the administrators. The Court said the directions should be implemented after the appeals were disposed of.
“The game of cricket has not flourished yet due to the embezzlement of funds, dispute between the members of 12 clubs and rivalry among groups. Now with the implementation of the judgments of Apex court, the game will flourish,” the court said.