EOW hints of getting clues against Dalmiya

Published: Thursday, April 6, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) officers yesterday hinted at having gathered some clues against former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya and two other former top board officials after another round of interrogation here in connection with the alleged misappropriation of Rs 21.74 lakh from the 1996 World Cup cricket account.

''The investigation is going in the right direction,'' Sudhir Mahadik, heading the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) team from Mumbai Police, said after grilling Dalmiya, Kishore Rungta and Jyoti Bajpai, both former treasurers of BCCI, for over two hours.

To a specific query whether they had found any clue against the former Board officials, he said, ''We are getting them. But we cannot disclose details now.'' Mr Dalmiya, however, said, ''If the investigation goes in the right direction then I am safe as they will not find anything against me.''

The initial round of interrogations were conducted at the West Bengal Police CID headquarters from 12.10 PM to 2.30 PM, after which the Mumbai Police headed for the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) headquarters located at the Eden Gardens to continue their investigations.

Two more officers from Mumbai joined the EOW team during the day.

The interrogation would continue till tomorrow.

The EOW team earlier rejected the request from Dalmiya's lawyer Tamal Mukherjee to be present during interrogation. The interrogation of the former BCCI officials was being conducted as per a directive of Mumbai High Court.

Yesterday, investigations continued at CAB till almost 11 PM at night.

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