Dalmiya in the dock over fund misuse charges

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Accusing Jagmohan Dalmiya of misappropriating funds to the tune of "crores of rupees", the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today asked the former BCCI president to answer to its charges within the next seven days.

BCCI Vice President Lalit Modi claimed Dalmiya had misused PILCOM money and also bungled funds on account of TV rights money. PILCOM was the committee formed during the 1996 World Cup jointly hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

"The issue now is crores of money," Modi told reporters on the sidelines of the BCCI Working Committee meeting here.

"PILCOM was being operated by its erstwhile secretary Mr. Dalmiya. That has been shut down and the money transferred to CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal of which Dalmiya is the president)... So the members have asked the President to issue a show cause on Dalmiya," he said.

"The President is authorised to take a decision in this regard. Dalmiya has sought seven days to reply to the note sent by BCCI Treasurer with regards to affairs of PILCOM account." Claiming that the case was one of fraud and needed a criminal investigation, Modi, also a member of BCCI's Marketing Committee, said four million US dollars pertaining to a TV rights deal was also "missing".

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