Old game plan of adversaries to settle scores, he says

Mumbai/Kolkata: Three years after he was voted out of the BCCI, its former chief Jagmohan Dalmiya is facing charges of misappropriation of Rs 2.90 crore.

The Mumbai crime branch police will file a charge sheet against him and two others in a local court on Wednesday.

Acting on a case filed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in March 2006, after Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar took over as its, head, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) found that Mr. Dalmiya diverted funds meant for legal fees to other expenses including payment of personal phone bills.

PILCOM account case

Joint Commissioner (Crime) Rakesh Maria on Monday said Indian income tax authorities had slapped 64 cases in connection with PILCOM’s account operated from London.

PILCOM was the organising committee of the 1996 World Cup hosted jointly by Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.

Mr. Dalmiya said it was “the old game plan of my adversaries.”

“Whenever something happens in cricket politics, they resort to such action to settle scores with me,” he told PTI in Kolkata. He was apparently referring to his presence at a special general meeting of the Cricket Association of Bengal last month.

Phone bills

Mr. Maria said Mr. Dalmiya, who was BCCI president for over 10 years, misappropriated the funds to pay for phone bills, hotel bills and car rentals, and for purchasing foreign exchange and stationery, he said.

“Of Rs 2.90 crore, Rs 85 lakh has been diverted towards phone bills alone. Dalmiya has been found to have paid his personal phone bills, one registered in his mother’s name and phone bills for three companies run by him.”

Mr. Maria said an investigation of car rentals led the police to discover that the registration numbers of the vehicles supposedly used by the BCCI actually belonged to some trucks and motorcycles. — PTI

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