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Police hint at getting clues against Dalmiya

Dalmiya and other board officials were grilled today in the alleged misappropriation of Rs 21.74 lakh from 1996 World Cup cricket account.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 18:04 IST

A Mumbai Police team on Wednesday hinted at having gathered clues against former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya and two other former top board officials.

Dalmiya and other board officials went through another round of grilling on Wednesday in connection in the alleged misappropriation of Rs 21.74 lakh from the 1996 World Cup cricket account.

"The investigation is going in the right direction," Sudhir Mahadik, who is heading the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) team from Mumbai Police, said after two hours of interrogation of Dalmiya, Kishore Rungta and Jyoti Bajpair, both former treasurers of BCCI.

To a specific query whether they had found any clue against the former board officials, he said, "We are getting them (clues). But we cannot disclose details now."

The initial round of interrogations were conducted at the West Bengal Police CID headquarters, after which the Mumbai Police headed for the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) headquarters located at the Eden Gardens to continue their investigations.

The EOW team was joined during the day by two more officials from Mumbai. The interrogation would continue till Thursday.

The EOW team earlier rejected the request from Dalmiya's lawyer, Tamal Mukherjee, to be present during interrogation.

The interrogation of the former BCCI officials was being conducted as per a directive of the Mumbai High Court.
 
The Mumbai HC 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 misappropriation of funds amounting to Rs 21.74 lakh from the account of PILCOM (Pakistan, India, Lanka Committee), the organising committee of the 1996 World Cup cricket. 
 
Dalmiya and others were earlier interrogated in four sessions at Mumbai late last month.

The court had directed the three to appear before the EOW in Mumbai for four days and subsequently for two days in Kolkata.

The current regime in BCCI headed by Sharad Pawar had filed an FIR at the Marine Drive Police Station, but later the case was transferred to the EOW as it was related to alleged economic fraud.

The case was filed under sections 406 and 408 (misappropriation), section 420 (cheating), sections 465 and 467 (falsifying documents) and section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC.