|BCCI files FIR against
March 17, 2006 Liveindia.com
MUMBAI: The war in the Indian cricket board took an ugly turn on Thursday with an FIR being filed against former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya for alleged misappropriation of 1996 World Cup funds to the tune of Rs 21 lakh.
On a day of high drama, BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah filed the FIR at the Marine Drive police station (in Mumbai). "It was our duty to bring the malpractices in the open," he said.
"We have been talking about transparency and you can’t get more transparent than this." Senior inspector Ajit Ranade at the Marine Drive police station refused to comment, saying the case needed to be "studied thoroughly".
However, a source explained
that as it was a non-bailable offence, steps could be taken soon to arrest
Dalmiya, reacting in Kolkata, dismissed the FIR as "fake allegations and fake criminal charges". He said: "I have not seen the papers and therefore cannot comment at length. But from time to time, all details asked for by the present BCCI management have been furnished. It seems they have a single point agenda to malign me."
Former board secretary S K Nair, also named in the FIR, said his "conscience was clear". Jyoti Bajpai and Kishore Rungta are the other BCCI officials charged.
BCCI’s former lawyer Ushanath
Banerjee also filed a civil suit against board vice-president Lalit Modi,
claiming Rs 1.5 crore in damages for defaming him.
According to the FIR filed by BCCI, a copy of which is with TOI, though Dalmiya was the lone signatory to run the IndCom account (which held funds for World Cup matches played in India) in a Kolkata bank, his secretary Chaudhary had signed most of the cheques and even issued instructions to the bank.
The bank manager has also been named in the FIR. Though the FIR mentions the misappropriated amount as Rs 21 lakh, police believe it may go up to Rs 1 crore.
If the amount goes above Rs 25 lakh, the case will have to be transferred to the Economic Offences Wing.
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