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Dalmiya arrested, released on bail

cricket Updated: Mar 27, 2008 01:40 IST

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Former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya was on Wednesday arrested on charges of misapropriation of over Rs 2.90 crore of the cricket body's funds.

He was released on bail of Rs 25,000. Two others - Dalmiya’s secretary K M Chaudhury and one Gautam Dutta – were also arrested and released on bail.

Dalmiya was granted bail as per the provisions of a High Court order which granted him anticipatory bail over two years ago, his laywer Satish Maneshinde said.

Acting on a case filed by the BCCI in March 2006 after the Union Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar took over as head of the body, the EOW found that Dalmiya diverted funds from the legal fees towards other expenses, including payment for personal phone bills.

‘This is a political vendetta’

Terming Dalmiya’s arrest as "political vendetta", Maneshinde alleged that those who toed the line of the board were spared by the police.

"This is political vendetta... Everyone knows at whose behest the investigation being carried out,” Maneshinde said.

Referring to the arrest and bail procedure being carried out at the crime branch earlier, Maneshinde said “The officers there were constantly getting calls about the progress. It is anybody's guess as to who was on other side.”

Without taking names, Maneshinde alleged that the investigation was being carried out as Dalmiya voted against one of the contestants in the BCCI president elections some years ago.