Goa police issues summons to observer

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2001, 18:59 [IST]
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Margao: Summons were issued to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) match observer K P Kazaria by the Goa police asking him to report at the police station on April 30. The summons were issued against him in connection with the investigations into the 'fake tickets scandal' during the One-day international cricket match between India and Australia on April 6. Police sources said fresh summons under section 160 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) had been issued to ensure the presence of Kazaria as he failed to turn up for interrogation as earlier summoned on Monday. "We may take appropriate legal action to secure the presence of Kazaria if he did not respond to the summons," they added. Meanwhile, Kazaria had sent a fax message to Margao police on Monday expressing his inability to report to the police station, pointing out that he has to submit the match report to the BCCI and its president Dr M A Muttaiah. He also reportedly stated that he has got nothing to do with the ticket scam, printing, sales and distribution of tickets as his role was only to oversee the arrangements inside the stadium. Although the police had sought the presence of BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele earlier, the BCCI deputed its executive secretary Sharad Diwadkar to reply to the questions of the police, regarding the Board's guidelines for the conduct of an international cricket match.

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