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Fresh charges of graft against Dalmiya

BCCI says that "enough material" has been collected against Dalmiya and a second show cause notice could be slapped on him.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 16:01 IST
Qaiser Mohammad Ali (Indo-Asian News Service)
Qaiser Mohammad Ali (Indo-Asian News Service)

In a fresh charge against Jagmohan Dalmiya, theBoard ofControl for Cricket in India (BCCI)has alleged that its former president has failed to provide proper explanation for withdrawing about Rs 1.52 crore (Rs. 15.2 million) of board money.

In addition, theboard alleges that Dalmiya withdrew Rs 585,000 without proper explanation, says a board document prepared after Dalmiya's reply to the show cause notice on "misappropriation of funds".

All this is besides the Rs. 21.74 lakh (Rs. 2.17 million) of the 1996 World Cup money that Dalmiya has allegedly spent on travel and hotel expenses after laying down the office of BCCI president in 2004.

"Huge cash withdrawals amounting to approximately Rs 1.52 crore (Rs 15.2 million from Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), Bhowanipore, Kolkata have been made for which no proper explanation is available," BCCI says in the document.

"In particular, cash withdrawals of Rs 65,000 per month during the period April 2005 to December 2005 have not been properly explained by Mr Dalmiya in spite of a specific mention in the show cause notice issued to him," it says.

The document further alleges that Rs 1.28 crore (Rs 12.8 million) had been paid for Dalmiya and his family.

"Telephone bills amounting to Rs 1.28 crore have been paid for M L Dalmiya & Co. and other individuals in Mr. Dalmiya's family," it says.

"Moreover, payments have been made for telephone bills to MTNL, New Delhi, amounting to Rs 12.62 lakh (Rs. 1.26 million). Why should Mr Dalmiya pay telephone bill for a New Delhi telephone No? The World Cup legal cases were only fought in Kolkata. This is obviously not related to BCCI/World Cup 1996."

BCCI says in the document that "enough material" has been collected against Dalmiya that a second show cause notice could be slapped on him.

"There is enough material for a second show cause notice based on the details furnished (so far)."

The above allegations come on the heels of an investigation by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Dalmiya, former treasurers Kishore Rungta and Jyoti Bajpai, ex-secretary S K Nair, manager of IOB, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, where the account in question, No 1223, was maintained, and Dalmiya's personal secretary K N Choudhury.

After BCCI lodged an FIR with the Marine Drive police station in Mumbai last month, Dalmiya moved the Bombay High Court that gave them a reprieve till April 10, during which period the EOW officials quizzed the five in Mumbai and in Kolkata.

The main charge against Dalmiya is that he has not provided satisfactory proof of Rs. 2.17 million, taken out of BCCI's A/c No 1223. He has told the media that he was entitled to reimbursement of this amount as per a resolution of the BCCI working committee.

"However, in his latest reply he has come up with a totally different explanation saying that these expenses relate to travel and other expenses for attending meetings of special nature during the period after laying down office as president, BCCI," says the document.

"This clearly shows that he is confused and is not able to come up with a satisfactory explanation for the amount of Rs 21.74 lakh spent out of this bank account," it said.

The document further says: "Moreover, in his own reply to the show cause notice he had admitted that these expenses are not related to World Cup 1996. In other words, he admits to improper use of funds."

BCCI is alleging that Dalmiya is saying one thing to the media and another in his letters to the board.

The document said that in his statement distributed to the press, Dalmiya claimed that the above A/c No 1223 was an imprest account, a stand that he maintained in an affidavit filed in the Bombay High Court while seeking bail following the FIR.

"In reply to the show cause notice, he has changed his position and does not claim that the bank account with the IOB, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, was an imprest account."

"In fact, the actual imprest account of Mr. Dalmiya was with HSBC (A/c No. 025-109851-001) which he has used when he was the president of the BCCI," reveals the document.

BCCI has examined randomly picked sample vouchers from IOB.

"Based on the examination of a few sample vouchers (273 dates selected on random basis) obtained from IOB, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, there is enough evidence to come to a conclusion that there are a lot of financial irregularities and misappropriation of funds," the document says.

"The vouchers also indicate that funds have been utilised/diverted by Dalmiya for purposes other than which A/c No 1223 should be operated."

The document says that Dalmiya had no authority to operate the account after July 15, 1997, when he became ICC president, and that "at no point of time he was re-authorised to operate the bank account with IOB.

According to the document, unauthorised payments had been made to S G Traders (about Rs 1 million) and Voyage for travelling purposes.

It may be noted that Dalmiya-backed Ranbir Singh Mahendra defeated Sharad Pawar in the BCCI annual election in 2004. But Pawar contested and wonin 2005, and since then the two groups have been at loggerheads.

The Pawar regime appointed a three-member disciplinary committee comprising BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi, secretary Niranjan Shah and treasurer N Srinivasan to probe the funds spent during Dalmiya's tenure as International Cricket Council (ICC) president during 1997-2000 and BCCI president from 2001-02 to 2003-04.

First Published: Apr 08, 2006 12:47 IST