Margao: Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Deputy Director K Madhavan, who had conducted an inquiry into the match-fixing scandal, on Wednesday held discussions with the Goa police about the case of fake tickets of the One-day International cricket match between India and Australia, which was held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Aril 6. Official sources said Mr Madhavan, who was reportedly deputed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), held discussions with Director General of Police Gurucharan Singh Sandhu and South Goa district Superintendent of Police Indra Dev Shukla about the fake-ticket racket. During the discussions, Mr Madhavan offered the state police all necessary assistance from the BCCI for a thorough investigation into the matter, the sources said. The former CBI Deputy Director is also expected to meet Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar later on Wednesday. The state police had so far arrested five persons, including Goa Cricket Association (GCA) treasurer Rama Shankardas and ticket contractor Chinmay Fallari, in connection with the printing and sale of fake tickets of the One-day International match. Besides, more than 70 people were also interrogated in this connection. Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General of Police Karnal Singh told UNI that police had sent two separate teams to Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for investigations about the printing of tickets at Hyderabad and Shivkashi. The magnitude of the problem of circulation of fake tickets of One-dayer came to light only on the match day on April 6 when thousands of people, holding tickets and complimentary passes, thronged the Nehru Stadium seeking entry. Even after the stadium was filled to its full capacity, cricket fans insisted on entering the stadium premises, causing a stampede like situation that forced police to burst tear gas shells and resort to cane charge to disperse the crowd. During the course of investigation, ticket contractor Chinmay Fallari told the police that he had printed about 20,000 tickets in denomination of Rs 750 and Rs 500 as well as 15,000 tickets in the denomination of Rs 200. The printing of bogus tickets was done at Sivakashi in Tamil Nadu with the help of one Jayarajan Ramaswamy, who is also now in police custody. According to police, host Goa Cricket Association (GCA) had promised the contractor to provide 17,300 tickets for the match in different denominations but supplied only 14,300 tickets for Rs 68 lakh. The contractor paid approximately Rs 65 lakh to GCA by a demand draft. Later, the ticket contractor appointed various agencies for selling these tickets in Goa as well as in neighbouring states of Karnataka and Maharashtra, the police said adding that accordingly 20,000 fake tickets were sold besides 14,300 genuine tickets given by GCA. When the investigation started moving towards GCA side, the police said, it was found that the organisation which hosted the match had also circulated and sold few thousand extra tickets. It also came on record that 750 tickets were printed in Goa itself by one computer expert in the category of special passes. The police had also attached blank computer sheets from the GCA camp office at the stadium which, the police said, suggested that these blank sheets would have been utilised as genuine tickets with the help of computer. After having established the link of GCA office bearers in the matter, the police had also issued summons to some members of the association asking them to appear for interrogation.
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