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Thatscricket - News - Goa police files charges in fake tickets scam

Published: Saturday, February 10, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
 
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Margao (Goa): Police on Thursday filed charge sheets against Goa Cricket Association (GCA) president Dayanand Narvekar, a former deputy Chief Minister and eight others before the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JFMC) in connection with the 'fake tickets scam' during the One-day International cricket match between India-Australia played at the Nehru stadium on April 6. Besides GCA president Mr Narvekar, association secretary Vinod Phadke, treasurer Ramashankar Das, ticket contractor Chinmay Fallari, his brother Devdutt Fallari, GCA president's brother-in-law Eknath Naik, Gangaram Vinayak Bhise, Venkat Raut-Dessai and Joaquim Peris were charge sheeted in the much publicised fake tickets scam case.District superintendent of police Indra Dev Shukla told UNI that the charges against the accused varied from cheating, criminal conspiracy, forgery, forgery for the purpose of cheating, using as genuine a forged document and causing disappearance of evidence, under section 461, 465, 468, 471, 201 and 120 (b) of the Indian Penal Code. Pointing out that they had bifurcated charges in certain sections against some of the accused, he said one Jairam Ramaswamy, who was also arrested during the investigations, did not figure in the list of accused, as he would be the prosecution witness in the case. During the course of three-month long investigations, the police had interrogated more than 200 people. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) executive secretary Sharad Diwadkar and BCCI observer for the Goa match K P Kazaria were also questioned by the police about the aspects pertaining to the guidelines for conducting the One-day International matches. Meanwhile, the Goa police on July 5 filed charges before the JMFC against Narvekar and three others for their alleged acts of endangering lives and personal safety of people, who had come to see the One-day International (ODI) cricket match.The Goa Cricket Association (GCA), which hosted the crucial fifth and the last ODI cricket match, ran into trouble on the same day as hundreds of cricket fans, who were holding tickets, could not enter the stadium as it was full to its capacity. As the match was progressing inside the Fatorda, Nehru Stadium, the agitated crowd tried to force their entry, forcing police to resort to lathi charge and burst teargas shells in order to prevent a stampede. Subsequently the police registered a case against those responsible for making security arrangements, such as checking of tickets, opening gates for timely entrance and barricading the area under section 336 of the Indian Penal Code as the situation could have led to endangering of lives or personal safety of the people, who had gathered to witness the match.Meanwhile, complaints started pouring in from the people about the sale more tickets, than the actual capacity of the stadium, and fake tickets. Police had also seized tickets, which it described as fake, from various places including the GCA's camp office at Fatorda Stadium. Investigations later led to the arrest of Goa Cricket Association treasurer Ramashankar Das, ticket contractor for the match Chinmay Fallari, his brother Devdutt Fallari, Shivkashi based dealer Jairam Ramaswamy and a local youth Gangaram Vinayak Bhise for their alleged involvement in the printing and sale of fake tickets for India-Australia ODI match. Police had also claimed that they had seized half-burnt tickets from the ticket contractor's flat. As the investigations progressed, police later arrested Eknath Naik, who had sold ODI tickets from his shop at Mapusa, even without being authorised to sell them. Later, another accused Venkat Dessai, who had evaded arrest for few days, surrendered in a court. As police stepped up its investigations, GCA president Dayanand Narvekar and secretary Vinod Phadke moved the district court, seeking anticipatory bail but the police opposed the plea saying that their custodial interrogation was necessary to unearth the fake tickets scam.The South Goa District and Sessions Judge Nelson A Britto rejected the applications seeking anticipatory bail but granted time to the applicants to move the high court.The Panaji bench of the Mumbai High Court, however, granted anticipatory bail to Mr Narvekar and Mr Phadke, imposing several conditions on them, including that they should cooperate with the police for investigations into the case. However, the state government moved the Supreme Court challenging the high court order of April 26, granting anticipatory bail to the two. As the case came up for hearing in the Apex court, the bench comprising Mr Justice S S M Quadri and Mr Justice Doraiswamy Raju, in their order, said that the Panaji bench of the Mumbai high court had granted anticipatory bail to Mr Narvekar only for a month. As the one month period granted by the high court was over, the SupremeCourt did not feel it necessary to intervene and hence the special leave petition filed by the state government was disposed off without going into the merits of the case.Subsequently, the police arrested Mr Narvekar and charged him under section 420, 468, 471 and 120 (b) of the Indian Penal Code. GCA secretary Vinod Phadke also surrendered to the police. UNI

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