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Dalmiya questions BCCI's handling of Zee deal

cricket Updated: Jul 26, 2007 22:02 IST

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Training guns at BCCI top bosses, former President Jagmohan Dalmiya has questioned the board's decision not to encash the $70 million bank guarantee of Zee Telefilms when the deal went sour.

Claiming that there is more than what meets the eye, Dalmiya said BCCI had lost a huge amount of money in the deal.

"The bank guarantee was in the possession of treasurer N Srinivasan. That guarantee has lapsed. Zee has gone ahead and cancelled the contract. Who will answer for the Rs 250 crore that the BCCI has lost? We need to know who connived with whom and why," Dalmiya told Tehelka.

Dalmiya, who was recently exonerated of charges of financial irregularities levelled by the board, said the idea behind filing criminal cases against BCCI President Sharad Pawar was to expose the mess.

Terming the cases against him as the worst witch-hunt in Indian cricket, Dalmiya said he would continue his battle till he cleared his name and expose the guilty.

"If a return to the BCCI is required to clear my name, I will make a comeback," he said.

"I have gone through hell, sheer hell. It was like an insurgency. Without waiting for the outcome of the verdict, they formed a committee. Any sensible person would have waited for the report. They sat down and without even seeking a vote, which is the norm, passed a resolution with the show of hands. If you have a president who is a strong member in the cabinet, who will dare to raise a hand against him," he said.