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Pawar faces funds fraud charges

A court orders police to file cases against the BCCI chief and three other officials in connection with an alleged ticket scam during the Ind-Aus ODI on Oct 5, reports Ashok Das.

cricket Updated: Nov 03, 2007 01:39 IST
Ashok Das
Ashok Das
Hindustan Times

A court on Friday ordered the police to file a FIR against BCCI chief and Union minister Sharad Pawar and three cricket officials for alleged misappropriation of funds during the recent India-Australia ODI in the city.

Besides Pawar, the three accused of cheating were BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah, Hyderabad Cricket Association president G. Vinod and its secretary Shivlal Yadav.

The third metropolitan magistrate of Cyberabad issued the order on a complaint filed by Putapaga Radhakrishna, a former member of the Rajya Sabha.

The petitioner said the Hyderabad Cricket Association Stadium, where one match was played, has a capacity of 39,000 but the organisers sold only 15,000 tickets.

He said when he wanted to know what happened to the other tickets, the organisers did not give a proper reply. Radhakrishna then tried to file a complaint with the police, but the police station at Uppal refused to register the complaint saying that the cricket body was an independent association.

Thereafter, he had no option but to knock on the doors of the judiciary, Radhakrishna said.

He alleged that the organisers had sold the tickets at a premium and made huge money.

He charged that the acts of the accused amounted to cheating, misappropriation of funds and forgery and conspiracy against the public.

He requested the court to direct the concerned police station to register the case and investigate the matter.

As part of his petition, he also enclosed newspaper clippings showing complaints of people regarding the sale of tickets for the ODI.

He also enclosed the statement of the Hyderabad district collector on the issue.

Responding to court directive, Shivlal Yadav said: “We are yet to get a copy of the order. We will respond after getting a copy.”

First Published: Nov 02, 2007 20:30 IST