They say that charity starts at home. But does that justify nepotism? The Board for Control of Cricket in India is mired in a new minor scandal. The BCCI was accused on Saturday, Dec 25, of turning a blind eye towards a case of alleged forgery wherein president of the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) Dayanand Narvekar, supposedly fudged his son's birth certificate so that the youngster could play in an Under-15 category for the third time.
Shekhar Salkar, a former GCA executive member who has filed a police complaint against Narvekar and his family members, said the BCCI had discovered the forgery two years back, but did abstained from taking appropriate action.
Based on Salkar's complaint, the police on Friday filed an FIR against Narvekar, his wife Sushma, son Ganeshraj and a couple of accomplices. The group has been booked for cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy.
According to the complaint, Narvekar, allegedly fudged the birth certificate of his son Ganeshraj to facilitate his participation in the South Zone under-15 cricket tournament for the 2007-08 season. His name was changed to Anish N. and a fresh birth certificate was issued displaying his year of birth as 1992.
"When BCCI realised that Narvekar had let his son Ganeshraj play for the third time in the U-15 category, the Board wrote to GCA. But he was fined a mere Rs 5,000 and let off," Salkar claimed.
Salkar added that the Board was in gross dereliction of duty and had demonstrated misconduct with its inert reaction to the forgery.
"This is a clear violation of BCCI rules and calls for punitive action," Shetty had said in the letter, according to Salkar. Salkar on Saturday also demanded that Narvekar step down as the GCA president. "Police should immediately arrest Narvekar as offences against him are of serious nature." The BCCI in the meantime, has declined to comment about the case.