Dalmiya and others interrogated at Mumbai

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya and three other ex-officials of the cricket Board were yesterday grilled for over seven hours by the officials of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai crime branch in a case of misappropriation of BCCI funds.

The other ex-members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to appear before the EOW yesterday were - former secretary S K Nair, former treasurer Kishore Rungta and former joint secretary Jyoti Bajpai.

Dalmiya and the others were interrogated by the EOW sleuths separately, with the former Board chief himself being asked 35 questions alone.

The four were accompanied by a battery of lawyers representing them in this case.

Dalmiya's lawyer Satish Maneshinde, who emerged out of the hearing, told mediapersons that he or his client would not make any comments on the case at the moment as it was sub-judice.

The four appeared before the EOW in compliance with the Bombay High Court directive of March 23 when it had extended the interim protection from arrest till April 10 and had directed them to attend the inquiries before Mumbai and Kolkata police in connection with the case.

The cricket Board had stated in its complaint that Dalmiya, the convenor of PILCOM, the agency formed to overlook the expenses during the 1996 World Cup, had allegedly transferred money into his own account and misappropriated funds to the tune of Rs 21.74 lakh.

Earlier, Justice V M Kanade, who was hearing the anticipatory bail plea moved by petitioners, had directed them to attend the office of EOW of Mumbai police yesterday, tomorrow, March 29 and 31 and also to attend the Kolkata police inquiry into the matter on April 3, 4 and 5.

The court had also directed them not to leave the country without the permission of the court.

The interrogation will continue tomorrow.

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