Goa cricket association fraud case: Ex-president quizzed by police

  • PTI, Panaji
  • Updated: Jun 19, 2016 20:55 IST
Former president of Goa Cricket Association (GCA) Shekhar Salkar was questioned by the state police in connection with the fraud case. (Representative image)

Former president of Goa Cricket Association (GCA) Shekhar Salkar was questioned by the state police on Sunday, who are investigating the alleged misappropriation of over Rs three crore belonging to the organisation.

“Salkar was questioned by the investigating officer this afternoon. We are trying to trace the minutes of meeting books of GCA of the financial years 2006-08, which have gone missing,” police Inspector Shivram Vaingankar said.

In his statement, Salkar has revealed several details which will help in the probe, he said.

While Vaingankar refused to divulge the details, a senior police official said Salkar has said that he has no knowledge about the minutes of meeting books of the GCA.

“Salkar has informed the investigating agency that the minutes of meeting books of the year 2015, when he took over as the president, have also been missing from the office,” the official said.

The bail plea of GCA president Chetan Dessai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Mulla Akbar, who were recently arrested by the Economic Offences Cell (EOC) of Goa Police for the alleged misappropriation of Rs 3.13 crore, will be heard on Monday.

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

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

They prepared forged documents as well as a resolution of the 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 BCCI to the GCA, the complaint says.

The accused also allegedly 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.

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