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Goa cricket fraud: Cops clueless about who actually withdrew money

The Economic Offences Cell (EOC) of state police, which arrested three senior officials of Goa Cricket Association (GCA) for alleged misappropriation of over Rs 3 crore belonging to the organisation, is yet to identify the person who actually withdrew the money from the bank.

cricket Updated: Jun 18, 2016 19:25 IST
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GCA president Chetan Dessai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla were arrested on Wednesday for alleged fraud of Rs 3.13 crore.
GCA president Chetan Dessai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla were arrested on Wednesday for alleged fraud of Rs 3.13 crore.(Reuters)

The Economic Offences Cell (EOC) of state police, which arrested three senior officials of Goa Cricket Association (GCA) for alleged misappropriation of over Rs 3 crore belonging to the organisation, is yet to identify the person who actually withdrew the money from the bank.

“We are yet to identify the person, who actually withdrew the money from the bank. Custodial interrogation of the three accused will give us leads,” a senior EOC official said on Saturday.

GCA president Chetan Dessai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla were arrested on Wednesday for alleged fraud of Rs 3.13 crore.

As per police complaint, the trio had fraudulently opened the bank account, in which cheques worth crores of rupees, given by the BCCI, were deposited and the money was withdrawn.

EOC is also yet to get the minutes of GCA meeting of 2006-2008 to check the resolution adopted by the committee during the time when the money was withdrawn, the official said.

“The minutes of the meeting are missing from the GCA office,” he said.

Police had filed an FIR against the Dessai, Phadke and Mulla on June 3 after GCA’s life member Vilas Desai filed a complaint accusing them of forging signatures and opening bank accounts to siphon off the association’s money.

They had allegedly opened bank accounts between October 23, 2006 and May 23, 2008, when GCA was headed by Dayanand Narvekar. Dessai was its secretary and Phadke its treasurer at that time.

The trio prepared forged documents as well as a resolution of GCA and submitted it to the Development Credit Bank to open an account and then encashed a cheque of Rs 2.87 crore given by the BCCI to the GCA, the complaint says.

The accused also forged signatures and withdrew Rs 26 lakh from the Federal Bank on the pretext of making payment to a sports goods company called Hako Enterprise, it says.