Srinagar/Jammu: High drama was witnessed in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) with a rebel group electing state Sports Minister Imran Ansari as the body's President in an attempt to end Farooq Abdullah's 35-year rein but the move was stayed by a Jammu court.

Farooq Abdullah
Farooq Abdullah 

Shortly after 42 of the 64-member JKCA declared Ansari as the new President unopposed, claiming that Abdullah did not contest, a petition was moved by the former Chief Minister's faction in the court of sub-judge Amarjeet Singh Langey, who stayed the election results.

The court, in its order, said that there was a "prima facie case requiring indulgence of the this court in so far as staying the operation of notice" for convening yesterday's meeting.

"Accordingly, operation of the notice dated July 9, 2015... is stayed till next date of hearing". The case will now come up on July 31.

Abdullah, who was re-elected as President for a three-year term in May 2014, dubbed Ansari's election as "illegal and unconstitutional", saying he still had nearly two years left in his tenure.