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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

GCA fraud: EOC gets Veljee’s signature, handwriting samples

PANAJI: The economic offences cell (EOC) of Goa police, probing alleged multi-crore GCA fraud, has obtained signature and handwriting samples of Luchi Veljee, life member of the GCA and, prior to 2000, he was on the GCA managing committee.
According to police, last week, based on information that Veljee had some knowledge of the case, he was called for questioning. However, fearing arrest in the case, he had approach court seeking anticipatory bail. The court has granted interim relief to Veljee till the anticipatory bail matter is disposed of. Veljee has been questioned by the police and his signature as well as handwriting samples were obtained in connection with the case, sources claimed. It is learnt that the samples will be sent for forensic analysis alongwith the documents in question, which have the alleged forged signatures used for opening an illegal account in a city bank.
The EOC, on June 15, had arrested GCA president Chetan Desai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla (now suspended) in the alleged misappropriation of GCA funds to the tune of Rs 3.13 crore. All the three are presently in police custody.
A senior police officer informed that there is a huge possibility that more people are involved in the case and the police are exploring all angles.
The police are also examining another complaint alleging misappropriation of over Rs 5.87 crore. Nilesh Prabhudesai, a former Goa Ranji cricket player on Monday had lodged a complaint with the EOC alleging that Rs 5,87,22,055 had been misappropriated by the then executive committee members (of the GCA). Prabhudesai has named Chetan Desai, Vinod Phadke and Akbar Mulla as suspects.

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