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Mumbai Police grills Dalmiya, others

The former BCCI president and two other former board officials were interrogated for two hours.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 21:14 IST

Former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya and two other former board officials were interrogated for two hours by the Economic Offences Wing of Mumbai Police in connection with the alleged misappropriation of Rs 21.74 lakh from the 1996 World Cup account.

Dalmiya along with Kishore Rungta and Jyoti Bajpai, both former BCCI treasurers, were summoned to 'Bhabani Bhavan' -- the headquarters of the West Bengal CID -- for questioning by the EOW team.

The interrogation continued for almost two hours after which the EOW officials left for an Indian Overseas Bank branch in South Kolkata's Bhawanipur area, where the accounts of PILCOM (Pakistan, India, Lanka Committee) for 1996 World Cup cricket had been maintained.

Emerging from the session, Dalmiya refused to comment anything saying, "it is a legal matter, I will speak only to my lawyer."

EOW team leader Sudhir Mahare, said the process of interrogating the former BCCI officials would continue as another team from Mumbai is scheduled to join them on Wednesday.

Asked whether the EOW team was satisfied with the first round of interrogations, he said "we can't say anything at this stage, the matter is sub-judice."

The interrogation was being done as per the directive of the Mumbai High Court, which had granted interim relief to Dalmiya and others against arrest after they moved court following a FIR filed by BCCI against them with the Mumbai Police for alleged misapropriation of fund under various sections of the IPC.