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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

GCA chief’s advocate alleges a ‘boss’ behind fraud probe

Points out that his client’s panel had defeated panel which had BJP members on it; suggests that DCB bank manager be interrogated

PANJIM: Arguing the bail application on behalf of Goa Cricket Association Chetan Dessai, his counsel said there is some 'boss' behind the investigation carried out by the Economic Offences Cell (EOC) of Goa Police. He also named BJP MLA Subhash Faldesai and Dr Shekhar Salkar, who he claimed is a BJP man.
“There is some boss behind this investigation. That is clearly stated in the police say (submission before the court opposing bail). The say mentions that over directions of superior, the investigation is carried out by police sub inspector in this case,” argued Advocate Surendra Dessai representing Chetan in the JMFC Court Panjim.
During arguments before JMFC Vijayalaxmi Shivolkar, Adv Dessai alleged that the police were trying to keep aside the complaint lodged by Chetan in connection with the siphoning off the money, but were entertaining the second complaint against Chetan in the same matter.
Chetan, along with GCA Secretary Vinod Phadke and Treasurer Akbar Mulla, have been arrested by EOC for misappropriating a sum of Rs 3.13 crore.
Advocate Dessai said that Chetan, Phadke and Mulla had filed their complaint on misappropriation of funds on May 9 and it was registered as an FIR on June 2, hours before the second case against them was filed by GCA life member Vilas Desai.
“Kindly consider the fact whether the government had stopped them from registering a FIR into the complaint by Dessai, Phadke and Mulla. I don’t blame the police as they are under the Home department,” Adv Dessai told the court pointing out that all three had defeated the GCA panel which had BJP members on it.
“Panel headed by BJP functionary Shekhar Salkar which had party’s MLA Subhash Faldessai and wife of BJP minister Rajendra Arlekar was defeated by my client during the last election. There is a possibility of victimizing me by getting arrested,” the lawyer said.
Stating that his client was not involved in the forgery and misappropriation of funds, Adv Dessai said, “GCA seems to have been taken for a ride by some person who is connected to it (GCA).”
Adv Dessai argued that manager of Development Credit Bank, who allowed the fake account to be opened and money to be withdrawn, should be interrogated by police.
The court adjourned the case for Thursday evening for further arguments. Public Prosecutor Poonam Bharne will be arguing on behalf of the State.


EOC team leaves for Mumbai to get details from BCCI

PANJIM: A team of the Economic Offences Cell (EOC) of Goa Police has been dispatched to the BCCI office in Mumbai to get details of the cheque which was allegedly deposited in a fake account and the money siphoned off.
EOC has arrested GCA President Chetan Dessai, Secretary Vinod Phadke and Treasurer Akbar Mulla for misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 3.13 crore.
“The misappropriated sum includes a cheque of Rs 2.83 crore which was released by BCCI to GCA,” the investigation officer said. He said the team will get details of transactions between BCCI and GCA during 2007-08 when the forgery happened.
“The records of BCCI will be crucial evidence in this case. Once we get details of the cheque the investigation will get impetus,” the officer said.

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