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Goa Cricket Association fraud probe
Thursday 23 June 2016

Goa Police, probing the Rs 3.13 crore fraud allegedly committed by three functionaries of Goa Cricket Association (GCA), dispatched its team to the Mumbai headquarters of BCCI to gather relevant details.

The Economic Offences Cell of the local police had on June 15 arrested GCA president Chetan Dessai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla on GCA life member Vilas Desai's complaint that the trio had allegedly encashed a cheque given by BCCI to GCA between 2007 and 2008.

"The entire misappropriated sum includes a cheque of Rs 2.87 crore which was released by BCCI to GCA," a senior police official told PTI.

He said the team will get details of the said transaction between BCCI and GCA during 2007-08 when the alleged forgery happened.

"The records of BCCI will be crucial evidence in this case. Once we get details of the cheque, the investigation will get an impetus," the official said.

According to police, the trio had opened accounts between October 23, 2006 and May 23, 2008 when GCA was headed by Dayanand Narvekar, while Dessai was its secretary and Phadke a treasurer.

"They had prepared forged documents as well as a resolution of GCA and submitted it to the Development Credit Bank to open an account. They then encashed a cheque of Rs 2.87 crore given by BCCI to GCA," the complaint had stated.

The accused also allegedly forged signatures and withdrew Rs 26 lakh from Federal Bank on the pretext of making payment to a sports goods' company called Hako Enterprise.

Dessai, Phadke and Mulla were booked under IPC sections 408, 409 (criminal breach of trust), 419 (cheating by impersonation), 463, 464, 468 (forgery), 471 (fraud), 420 (cheating) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy).

Their applications seeking bail are pending before a local court.

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