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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Goa cricket’s top bosses arrested for siphoning off BCCI funds for cricket development

Chetan Dessai, Vinod Phadke, Akbar Mulla held after several hours of questioning;  2.87 cr sent by BCCI as part of the IPL TV rights subsidy to state associations, Amount deposited in fake account at DCB bank by trio; another 26 lakh also misappropriated

PANJIM: Goa Cricket plunged to its lowest depths of shame as the President Chetan Dessai, Secretary Vinod Phadke and Treasurer Akbar Mulla, of the Goa Cricket Association were arrested on Wednesday evening for their involvement in the Rs 3.13 cr fraud.
The trio, already on the police radar, were arrested by the Economic Offences Cell (EOC) of the Goa Police under various sections of the IPC after several hours of being questioned. The three had also been grilled on Tuesday.
“Our investigation prima facie found their involvement in the misappropriation of funds,” Police Inspector Shivram Vaingankar said.
The EOC registered FIRs in two separate cases, filed by GCA’s life member Vilas Desai on June 3, 2016. The complainant had alleged that the three identified themselves as GCA office-bearers forged signatures and opened bank accounts to siphon off money.
“The accounts were opened by the three accused between October 23, 2006 and May 23, 2008 when they were not holding official positions. GCA was then headed by Dayanand Narvekar, and Chetan Dessai and Phadke were the Secretary and treasurer respectively,” the officer said based on disclosures made during the inquiry so far.
The trio, Vilas Desai had stated, impersonated as President, Secretary and Treasurer of GCA to cheat the association of the huge amount.
“They prepared forged and fake documents as well as resolutions of GCA and submitted them to Development Credit Bank to open an account. The alleged accused then deposited the cheque of Rs 2.87 crore given by Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) to GCA and withdrew the amount in phases ” the complaint stated.
In the same complaint, he also said that forging signatures, the alleged accused withdrew money from Federal Bank to the tune of Rs 26 lakh on the pretext of making payments to a sports goods manufacturing company Hako Enterprise.
In a comment to Herald, after the arrests, complainant Vilas Desai welcomed the development and arrest of the trio. “This is a welcome step. Their arrest was necessary to bring out the truth,” Desai said.
He said the trio has committed many irregularities in GCA but clubs were scared to complain. “The development should encourage others to file complaints against these people,” he said. Former Ranji coach Hemant Angle, reacting to the arrests, said the inevitable had happened. “They felt they were above the law and did everything they wanted. Having a majority of clubs with you does not give you the authority to do anything,” he said.

All three admitted in GMC
PANJIM: Soon after the arrest of Goa Cricket Association (GCA) President Chetan Dessai along with secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla, members of various cricket clubs rushed to the State capital where they were being interrogated since late Wednesday afternoon.
After the arrest, the trio was taken to Crime Branch, Ribandar, to complete the arrest formalities and later all three were taken to Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) for a medical examination as part of the pre-custody formalities. However, Dessai, Phadke and Mulla were admitted in GMC for different health reasons. GMC sources said that Dessai has been admitted due to high blood pressure that was detected after examination by GMC doctors. GCA lawyer Subodh Kantak will represent all three and they are likely to apply for bail on Thursday morning.

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