Dalmiya and two others quizzed by EOW

Published: Monday, April 3, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya and two others were interrogated for 150 minutes by the four Economic Offences Wing (EOW) officers of Mumbai Police in connection with the alleged misappropriation of Rs 21.74 lakh from the 1996 World Cup account.

Besides Mr Dalmiya, Mr Kishore Rungta and Mr Jyoti Bajpai, both former BCCI Treasurers, were summoned to Bhabani Bhavan - the headquarters of the West Bengal CID - for questioning by the EOW team. The trio reached at around 12 noon and were interrogated for two and a half hours.

The interrogation was led by EOW officer Sudhir Mahare. After the interrogation the EOW officials left for an Indian Overseas Bank branch in South Kolkata's Bhawanipur area, where the accounts of PILCOM (Pakistan, India, Lanka Committee) for 1996 World Cup cricket were maintained.

Mr Sudhir Mahare said the process of interrogating the former BCCI officials would continue as another team from Mumbai is scheduled to join them tomorrow. Asked whether the EOW team was satisfied with the first round of interrogations, he said, '' We can't say anything at this stage. The matter is sub-judice.''

The current BCCI regime had filed an FIR at the Marine Drive Police Station, but later the case was transferred to the EOW as it was related to alleged economic fraud. The case had been filed under Sections 406 and 408 (misappropriation), Section 420 (cheating), Sections 465 and 467 (falsifying documents) and Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC.

Emerging from the session, Mr Dalmiya refused to comment, saying, '' It is a legal matter. I will speak only to my lawyer. '' The interrogation was being done as per the directive of Mumbai High Court, which had granted interim relief to Mr Dalmiya and others against arrest after they moved court following an FIR filed by BCCI against them with the Mumbai Police.

Mr Dalmiya's lawyer Tamal Mukherjee said the EOW team had started interrogation around noon. To a question on whether there was a possibility of arrest of the former Board President and others after the next hearing in court on April 10, he said, '' How I can comment on this ? It is a hypothetical question. '' Mr Dalmiya's Personal Asssistant K Chowdhury might also be quizzed by the Mumbai Police team.

The first round of interrogations had already taken place in Mumbai, where Mr Dalmiya was grilled for four days. Mumbai High Court had directed Mr Dalmiya and others to appear before the EOW in Mumbai for four days, and subsequently for two days at Kolkata.

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