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FIR filed against Jagmohan Dalmiya

Jagmohan Dalmiya  



Staff Reporter

BCCI alleges misappropriation of funds during 1996 World Cup

MUMBAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Thursday lodged a first information report (FIR) against the former BCCI president, Jagmohan Dalmiya, and other officials, accusing them of misappropriation of funds, forgery and cheating during the 1996 World Cup.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Naval Bajaj and BCCI secretary and complainant Niranjan Shah confirmed that an FIR had been lodged against the former board officials, including the former secretary, S.K. Nair, the former treasurers, Kishore Rungta and Jyoti Bajpai, and Kishan Choudhary. They have been charged with offences under sections related to criminal misappropriation of property and forgery.

The BCCI, now headed by Sharad Pawar, appointed a committee to investigate alleged financial irregularities in the PILCOM [Pakistan-India-Lanka Committee] account. PILCOM was formed when the three countries hosted the 1996 World Cup.

The board issued a show-cause notice to Mr. Dalmiya on which he obtained a stay from a city court in Kolkata. The board challenged the stay in the Calcutta High Court. On Thursday, the High Court admitted the appeal but refused to pass any interim order. The matter will be heard on Friday.

"Fake allegations"

PTI reports from Kolkata: Mr. Dalmiya said the FIR was based on "fake allegations" and done with "malicious intent."

"I have not seen the papers and, therefore, cannot comment in detail. But from time to time, all details as asked for by the present BCCI management have been furnished by me. Although there is no truth in their allegations, it seems that the present BCCI management has a single point agenda to malign me," he said in a media release.

"Their pre-determined malicious intent is very clear. First, they asked me to hand over the papers, which I did. Thereafter, they raised certain queries, which were required to be answered by me within seven days. Even before the deadline, they issued a show-cause notice. Despite that, I have answered all the queries and now these false criminal charges," he said. "It is all the more surprising that such action has been taken by the BCCI even when the matter is sub judice."