Describing as "most unpleasant" the Indian Premier League (IPL) controversy that has shaken Indian cricket, Cricket Association of Bengal President Jagmohan Dalmiya Thursday scoffed at allegations that the organisation had received money from questionable sources for hosting the seven IPL matches at the Eden Gardens.
Dalmiya also denied that some of the papers like the Memorandum of Understanding between the CAB and Red Chillies Entertainment which owns Kolkata Knight Riders were found missing during the search and survey operation conducted by the Income Tax Sleuths Wednesday.
"No paper is missing. We had one duplicate and an orgininal copy of the MoU. Unfortunately, the original of the MoU was not found yesterday (Wednesday). We found it today (Thursday). We will hand it over to the IT people on Friday," Dalmiya said.
"A lot of kite-flying and mud-slinging is going on. I will respond to this in three-four days," Dalmiya said.
Asked about the IPL crisis, he said: "It is most unpleasant. It is the saddest thing to have happened in my entire career as cricket administrator".
On the CAB receiving cheques of rupees two crore from a Mauritious bank branch, CAB joint secretary Biswarup Dey said: "We have received two cheques of Yes Bank, Mumbai branch which we deposited with the SBI, Chowringhee branch in Kolkata. We have no idea about the source of the money."
Dalmoya corroborated Dey and countered: "When you get your salary from your employers, do you ask where and how they got the money?"
"We got the money, but we don't know where it came from. Our parent body is the BCCI. It should know," he said.
Dalmiya had a lengthy meeting with a leading tax lawyer at the CAB on Thursday evening.