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HC extends stay on arrest of Dalmiya, others till Apr 10

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Mumbai, Mar 23 (UNI) Bombay High Court today extended the interim protection from arrest granted to former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya and three other ex-officials till April 10 and directed them to attend the inquiries before Mumbai and Kolkata police in a case of alleged misappropriation of the Board funds.

Justice V M Kanade, who was hearing the anticipatory bail plea moved by petitioners, accused of misappropriating Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) funds to the tune of Rs 21 lakh during to the 1996 World Cup, in his order directed them to attend the office of Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai police on March 27, 28, 29 and 31 and also to attend the Kolkata police inquiry into the matter on April 3, 4 and 5.

The court also directed tham not to leave the country without the permission of the court.

The court also told the accused that they would come to know which wing of the Kolkata police will hold an inquiry into the matter, during the investigations by the Mumbai police.

Strongly opposing the bail plea, State Advocate General Ravi Kadam argued that the case needs custodial interrogation and, therefore, the accused should not be granted anticipatory bail, as they have been charged with siphoning-off and misappropriating large amount of money from the BCCI fund.

However, while moving the bail application of Dalmiya and others, advocates Adhik Shirodkar, Satish Maneshinde and Siyaji Nagre denied the allegation made by the prosecution and contended that the case does not need any custodial interrogation, as it is based on documents, which are already in the custody of either the prosecution or the concerned banks.

They argued that it is a ''case of purely civil nature'' and the police is unnecessarily portrafying it as a criminal one.

They also told the court that the release of the accused on bail would neither hamper the investigation, or could influence the witnesses.

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