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Dalmiya wants probe by foreign agency

Former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya demanded that 'PriceWaterhouse Coopers' or 'McKinsey' be appointed to investigate the allegations.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 21:06 IST
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Continuing his tirade against allegations of causing nearly Rs 82 crore toBCCI in media rights deal, Jagmohan Dalmiyaon Fridaydemanded that an outside expert agency be appointed to probe the charges and counter-charges being leveled in the ongoing war of words in the BCCI.

"I am ready to sort out the matter on the table. I invite them to sit with me. There are expert agencies like PriceWaterhouse Coopers and McKinsey. Let us take their help on various issues," Dalmiya told.

Dalmiya accused the ruling faction of not providing a reply to 'a simple question' why the board received 'Rs 82 crore less from the global media rights deal'.

"Instead of providing any satisfactory explanation or documents, the present BCCI management is providing evasive answers like the bidding process was transparent and the bidders were happy," Dalmiya said.

The former BCCI chief gave a point-by-point response to the allegations made by BCCI Vice-President Lalit Modi along with I S Bindra.

Dalmiya rubbished the allegations of financial irregularities with regard to the 2004 India-Pakistan Platinum jubilee match at the Eden Gardens, the Holland tri-series and the BCCI-commissioned book on social history of Indian cricket.

"They are not serious about sorting out the matter. They are only following a hit-and-run policy. They only want to divert attention," he said.

Dalmiya demanded that the BCCI provide a copy of the tender document, the agreement with Nimbus Communications, the security deposit and the rolling bank guarantee furnished by Nimbus.

"It is the legal right for all affiliated units to ask for these documents and we are exercising the right," he said.

Dalmiya had earlier alleged that the Board had lost nearly Rs 82 crore in the media rights deal as it did not follow proper procedure and also flouted its own guidelines.

Making a counter allegation, Dalmiya claimed that Bindra, who is the president of Punjab Cricket Association, had not provided the accounts of the Challenger Trophy tournament conducted by the PCA in October last year.

"Mr Bindra is an honourable man. But he has till date not furnished the accounts of the Challenger Trophy tournament to the Board. The revenue generated from the tournament has not come to the Board. Perhaps a pertinent question would be where has it gone?" he asked.

Bindra and Modi hadon Fridayannounced the constitution of a three-member committee to look into alleged financial irregularities during Dalmiya's tenure as BCCI President, and accused the former board chief of committing a 'lot of irregularities' in the ICC events including Champions Trophy, as also with regard to the Holland tri-series and the Platinum jubilee match.

On the BCCI-commissioned book, Modi had claimed "some historian has made Rs 52 lakh for writing the social history of Indian cricket which in reality is nothing but the history of Dalmiya."