Dalmiya vows legal battle for pride

Published: Wednesday, December 20, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Banished former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Tuesday vowed a legal war claiming he was expelled from the board 'illegally' and denied natural justice.

Talking to the media after being expelled from the BCCI for life, Mr Dalmiya said ''I was hanged without a fair trial. I am taking a legal option and will take a legal recouse within 14 days.'' '' I have no interest in any post or position in BCCI. I am fighting for pride and justice,'' he said.

He disclosed his written submission, including accounting explanations before the SGM(special general meeting) on Saturday, and also challenged the legality and validity of Clause 38(V) of the BCCI rules that provided for removal of the expelled person from the affiliated unit of the BCCI.

Mr Dalmiya stated that the disciplinary committee was 'biased', since all its members had expressed their views against him. "Since criminal proceedings were initiated against me on the same set of allegations, therefore the disciplinary committee could not run parallel proceedings on the same set of allegations," he said.

He finally stated that as per BCCI rules the process of adjudication should have been completed within six months and hence the issue was '' barred by limitations.''

Regarding the financial misappropriation that varied from Rs 21.74 lakhs to Rs 48 crores, it was finally settled at Rs 8.98 crores as per the disciplinary committee for which he had given all 'explanations'.

He raised questions like why did Niranjan Shah and I S Bindra, who were members of the Board under various capacities, sign those documents submitted at that point of time without raising any questions and why have they not been hauled up now. He asked why in case of him, '' white is black and black is white?''

On the question of open voting, he said, ''I am not saying that results would have been different in secret ballots, but at least people would have an option. In case of a vote by raising of hands there is no option left.''

''I was not even allowed to take my lawyer in with myself. The people who levelled charges against me, formed the committee and gave the verdict. They gave me the 44-page document, but the verdict was given even without going through it. Is this justice?''

Mr Dalimya was banned for life in a special general body meeting of the BCCI in Jaipur for his alleged misappropriation of fund to the tune of Rs 42 crore in the BCCI. The resolution was passed to vote 29-2 by SGM and it held that Mr Dalmiya will not be able to hold any post, whatsoever, in any capacity either in the BCCI or any of its affiliated unit.

Defiant Jaggu refuses to quit: Ex-BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya today defied the BCCI resolution and refused to resign from the President's post of the Cricket Association of Bengal, claiming there was no such rule registered under the Cricket Board.

''There is no question of my resigning from the post of CAB president. The 38(V) amendment, as per which it is claimed that I cannot hold any post in any affiliate association, is an illegal and unregistered rule,'' Dalmiya exploded at a press meet here today.

He claimed that the last amendment done on 2000 was adopted in September that year but during a BCCI working committee meeting held in February 2001 it was decided to hold back its registration. So the rule had not been registered within a fortnight as required.

'' How can I be orderd to resign as the President of the affiliated units of BCCI under a rule that has not seen the light of the day?'' Dalmiya questioned.

Dalmiya said he had been taking legal opinion in the matter and would decide about challenging the Board's decision in a few days.

''Till then I continue to be the CAB and NCC President,'' he said.


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