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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Narvekar ‘feigns ignorance’ over TV subsidy cheque

PANAJI: Former Goa Cricket Association (GCA) president Dayanand Narvekar has said that he is unaware of the Rs 2.87 crore cheque that was sent to the GCA by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Economic Offences Cell (EOC) of the Goa police probing the alleged misappropriation of GCA’s Rs 3.13 crore on Wednesday questioned Narvekar for several hours however he claimed ignorance of the cheque in question.
Sources informed that Narvekar has admitted before the police that though he was present at the BCCI meeting wherein it was discussed that every cricket association will be given equal amount of money (TV subsidy) but the amount was not decided at the meeting.
It is learnt that Narvekar was asked specific questions pertaining to the case however he denied remembering the 2006-07 incidents. Sources informed that Narvekar has told the police that he had full faith in the then managing committee and that the alleged misappropriation of funds did not come to his notice.
Police has also obtained Narvekar’s handwriting and signature samples which according to sources will be sent for analysis at the forensic science laboratory along with the documents in question.
According to information, Narvekar was the president when the incident of alleged misappropriation of funds was reported (in 2006-07) as such police are looking into the role of Narvekar, if any or whether he could provide any information pertaining to the case. Earlier, Narvekar was summoned twice however his wife had told the police that he is in Mumbai for medical treatment and no sooner he returns, he will appear before the police. On Tuesday, a fresh summon was issued asking Narvekar to appear before the investigating agency on Wednesday. According to police if need arises, Narvekar will be called again for questioning. Police will also summon the remaining managing committee members (then) of the GCA for questioning in connection with the case.
As per the police investigation, a bank account was opened illegally in the Development Credit Bank (DCB) in the city on April 12, 2007, only to deposit the Rs 2.87 crore cheque received from the BCCI.
The money was subsequently withdrawn by bearer cheques. The three accused GCA president Chetan Desai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla are also accused of allegedly siphoning off Rs 26 lakh of the GCA from another bank account of the GCA. All the three accused are now out on conditional bail.

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