Narvekar challenges framing of charges in High Court

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Panaji, Aug 7 (UNI) Dayanand Narvekar, who was recently forced to resign as Finance Minister in the Digambar Kamat government following framing of criminal charges against him in the infamous ''cricketgate scam'', has challenged the lower court's order through a writ petition in the Panjim Bench of Bombay High Court here.

The Judicial Magistrate First Class in Margao recently framed charges against Narvekar and eight others for their alleged involvement in criminal conspiracy, forgery and cheating of cricket fans by printing duplicate tickets for the Indo-Australia ODI in the year 2001.

A sessions court had in April last dismissed his appeal against the lower court and hence made a fresh appeal in the High Court yesterday. The case was posted for hearing on August 8.

Narvekar was then president of the Goa Cricket Association and other accused were office bearers. They claimed in their petitions that there was no substance in the charges of their involvement in the criminal conspiracy.

The Congress party High Command had asked Narvekar to resign to pave the way for induction of unattached Taleigao legislator Atannasio (Babush) Monserrate in the Cabinet to honour its commitment to the latter for supporting the then minority government of Kamat in July last year.

It was on the ground that the highcommand did not like any minister or office bearer to continue in power, while facing criminal charges.

The party sources at the same time wondered how Babush, who was also facing more serious criminal charges for assaulting youth Congress workers and attacking Panjim police station, was inducted into the cabinet.

UNI BM SR AM HT1114

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