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Updated: February 11, 2014 00:30 IST

ACB serves notices on HCA officials

V. V. Subrahmanyam
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The bureau is probing alleged financial irregularities with regard to construction of the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Uppal and other related subjects

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), probing the alleged financial irregularities with regard to the construction of the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Uppal and other related subjects, summoned most of the past and present office-bearers of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) to the stadium and served notices seeking explanation for certain anomalies in the payment and receipts under different subjects.

BCCI vice-president N. Shivlal Yadav, former HCA secretary D.S. Chalapathi, in-charge HCA secretary S. Venkateshwaran were among those who were handed over the 10-page notices containing 150 questions in this regard. Former HCA secretary M.V. Sridhar was out of station.

Details sought

The ACB sought details on the construction of the stadium, furnishing of interiors in the corporate boxes, sale of tickets and conversion of high-end tickets into complimentary tickets for one-dayers, delay in settlement of payments to managers of different Hyderabad teams for all the BCCI tournaments across India.

Cash withdrawals

Questions also pertained as to how cash withdrawals and payments were made for subjects costing above Rs. 20,000 and why tenders were not called for as per guidelines. The office-bearers -- both past and present -- were given 15 days time to reply to the notices. “We were only handed over notices. The impression we got was that the probe was being done to find out the irregularities alleged to have been committed between 2002-2008 when the stadium was under construction,” a senior HCA official revealed.

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