Jagmohan Dalmiya recently returned to the corridors of power at the BC Roy Club House, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, and his election as president of the Cricket Association of Bengal enables him attend the 79th Annual General Meeting of the BCCI in India in Mumbai on September 27.
When he makes his first visit to the state-of-the art Cricket Centre at the Wankhede Stadium, Dalmiya could be in for a rough time. The board, once it gets approval from the general body, is set to file a civil suit to 'recover' Rs 47.3 crore from him. When HT spoke to Dalmiya on Wednesday he had nothing to say on the impending civil suit though he did say that he would address the media once the AGM was concluded.
The suit pertains to Dalmiya's handling of the PILCOM monies, specifically relating to the amount spent from Account No. 1223 of Indian Overseas Bank, Bhowanipore branch. During the AGM in 2005-06, N Srinivasan, the treasurer, had submitted a report on the PILCOM/INDCOM accounts relating to the 1996 World Cup.
Since, Dalmiya had failed to submit the book of accounts for the period from April 1, 2005 to February 4, 2006, the working committee (on the recommendation of the finance committee) decided to recover the entire amount from Dalmiya.
In the same meeting, on August 15, 2006, members of the BCCI raised doubts over the handling of the accounts and also why irregularities were not reported by M/S Billimoria & Co, the statutory auditors of the BCCI.