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Dalmiya embezzled Rs 2.90 cr: Police

The Economic Offences Wing has found that Dalmiya diverted funds meant for legal fees towards other expenses including his personal phone bills.

cricket Updated: Mar 25, 2008 02:31 IST
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Former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya has been found to have misappropriated over Rs 2.90 crore of the cricket body's funds during his tenure, police said on Monday.

Acting on a case filed by the BCCI in March 2006 after Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar took over as head of the game's governing body, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has found that Dalmiya diverted funds meant for legal fees towards other expenses including paying for personal phone bills.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria said Indian Income Tax authorities had slapped 64 cases on PILCOM's account operated from London. PILCOM was the organising committee of the 1996 Cricket World Cup hosted jointly by Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.

The crime branch will be filing a chargesheet against Dalmiya, Gautam Dutta and K M Choudhary in the matter on Wednesday in a local court, he said.

The trio will be charged with cheating, breach of trust, forgery and criminal conspiracy, Maria said, adding that the probe in the matter is still on and it is possible more persons will be named in the chargesheet.

Dalmiya had appeared before the EOW officers four times in Mumbai while the investigators had gone to Kolkata two times for recording his statement during the course of the probe, Maria added.

"Six accounts were created to meet the expenses of fighting the cases and this misapproriation concerns only one of them opened in Kolkata in which Rs 6.92 crore was deposited," Maria added.

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

"Of the Rs 2.90 crore, Rs 85 lakh has been diverted towards phone bills only. 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," he added.

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

"According to Dalmiya, necessary resolutions were passed so that the funds in the account can be used for other expenses but they have been unable to furnish the necessary copies. Also, (Dalmiya's secretary) KM Choudhary was found to have been operating the account which has to be done by Dalmiya only," Maria said.