Panaji: The marketing head of Board Of Control For Cricket in India Chetan Desai was arrested the economic offences cell of Goa Police along with two senior Goa cricket officials. It was alleged that the trio was involved in the misappropriation of a BCCI cheque worth 2.87 crore which was issued as a split of profits from television rights in 2006.
“We have arrested (all) the accused because they were not cooperating with the investigation. There is evidence against them,” investigating officer PI Shivram Vaingankar told Times Of India after the arrest. The trio will be produced in court on Thursday to secure a police remand.
In addition the police sources said the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) officials also withdrew Rs 26 lakh from various bank accounts using forged identities on the excuse of paying a non-existent company.
The GCA officials have been booked under section 408 (criminal breach of trust by clerk or servant), 419 (cheating by personation), 463 (forgery), 464 (making false documents), 471 (using as genuine a forged), 420 (cheating), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and various other sections of the Indian Penal Code.
A high profile Board official welcomed the progress while speaking to Times Of India as this, according to him will pave the way for greater accountability within the BCCI.
“These are good days for cricket in India. The process of cleansing Indian cricket has begun. More rotten apples will be plucked out in the coming days. Just four-five people have given a bad name to the BCCI, and they will suffer the same fate in the coming days. We’ve all the documents with us,” he said.