Pawar challenges HC order in Dalmiya case

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New Delhi, Nov 21 (UNI) ICC Vice-President and ex-BCCI President Sharad Pawar today approached the Supreme Court against the Calcutta High Court order ordering his and five others' prosecution for using forged documents to implicate former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya.

The five others include the current BCCI President Shashank Manohar, BCCI Vice-President Chirayu Amin, BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan, senior BCCI official Ratnagar Shetty and ex-BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah.

They are also likely to file similar appeals in the apex court within a day or two.

The Union Agriculture Minister ,in his petition, has also prayed to the court for stay of the operation of the impugned High Court order till the final disposal of his petition.

Denying the allegations of his alleged involvement in forging the documents against Jagmohan Dalmiya, the petitioner has contended that the High Court had committed an error in coming to the conclusion that the former BCCI president has been falsely framed on the basis of false and forged documents.

Mr Dalmiya had to seek bail when he was charged with misappropriation of BCCI funds during the 1996 World Cup tournament.

He later moved the Calcutta High Court seeking procecution six of the then office bearers of the BCCI for fabricating false evidence against him.

The petition is likely to come up for hearing next week.

Mr Dalmiya was the BCCI chief in 1996. He was suspended on December 16, 2006. The ex-BCCI chief filed a case of forgery against the BCCI top brass after his suspension was proved illegal.

The Calcutta High Court had directed the registration of cases for giving and fabricating false evidence in judicial procedings and if convicted the accused can get a maximum of seven years imprisonment along with fine.

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