Thatscricket - News - 'Missing' Prabhakar may be declared as 'PO'
Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Police efforts on to arrest Prabhakar
Arrest warrant against Prabhakar in funds scam
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New Delhi: As tainted former India all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar, wanted for allegedly misappropriating crores of rupees of public money, remains elusive even more than three weeks after the issuance of non-bailable warrants, the Uttaranchal Police is contemplating approaching the court to declare him a 'proclaimed offender' (PO).Neither the efforts of the Uttaranchal Police to arrest Prabhakar have yielded results, nor has the ex-cricketer surrendered before the court, which issued the NBWs on May 18. This has left the police with no option, but to approach the Haldwani court in Nainital to declare him a PO."We have tried to locate him in Delhi and Rajasthan. But his whereabouts are not known. The police of the two states have told us that he was not present in the area under their jurisdiction... We are left with no choice but to ask the court to proclaim him an offender and order attachment of his property," state Director General of Police A K Sharan said on phone from Dehra Dun on Tuesday.However, the question of attaching his property comes only if Prabhakar, also, decides against replying to the notices issued on the request for declaring him PO, he clarified. Prabhakar has been missing ever since the NBWs were issued and the Uttaranchal police went on his hot trail. When the Uttaranchal police sent its team to Delhi to arrest him, Prabhakar had reportedly left his residence for Jaipur to participate in some 'seminar'. Delhi Police, which was requested by the Uttaranchal police for execution of the NBWs, also confirmed that the cricketer was not in the capital.His family initially said that Prabhakar was in Jaipur and would soon return home. But the Rajasthan police, when contacted by the Uttaranchal police, said that the cricketer had not been seen anywhere in the city. The cricketer was missing. Independent efforts to contact Prabhakar at his home and on his mobile did not yield any result as the phones seem to have been kept off the hook. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) P Kamaraj, under whose jurisdiction Prabhakar's house and office is located, said the cricketer was not yet back.Sharan said he had sent a team to Delhi second time to trace the cricketer but it returned empty handed. "I have also been in touch with the officers of the Rajasthan police, but they say that Prabhakar is not in town."The Nainital police on May 31 last year registered a case under sections 406 and 420 (cheating and fraud) of the Indian Penal Code against Prabhakar and two others for swindling public money through the Uttaranchal-based Apace India Group of Companies in his capacity as Director. However, the ex-cricketer denied the allegation saying that he was in no way linked to any of the companies of the group, but had joined their promotion campaign as a cricketer.The arrest warrants were issued after Prabhakar failed to respond to repeated summons of the court to appear and get his signature attested. His signatures were vital as they could go a long way in deciding whether he was involved in the multi-crore financial scam.UNI