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'I was treated like a 'gentleman' by EOW sleuths: Dalmiya

Written by: Staff
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Mumbai, Mar 28 (UNI) Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of Mumbai today police grilled former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Jagmohan Dalmiya and three other ex-officials for the second day in succession in a case of misappropriation of funds.

Mr Dalmiya and others came to the crime branch office at Crawford Market at 1100 hrs and left at 1825 hrs.

The four appeared before the EOW in compliance with the Bombay High Court directive of March 23 when it had extended the interim protection (from arrest) till April 10 and had directed them to attend the inquiries before Mumbai and Kolkata police in connection with the alleged misappropriation of over Rs 21 lakh.

Emerging from the office, Mr Dalmiya told reporters that he was ''treated like a thorough gentleman by the EOW sleuths''. He, however, refused to comment further saying that ''the matter is sub-judice.'' The other ex-officials of the Board, including secretary S K Nair, treasurer Kishore Rungta and joint secretary Jyoti Bajpai also appeared before the EOW officers, although seperately, but accompanied by a battery of lawyers.

The BCCI, in its complaint, had stated that Mr Dalmiya, as the convenor of PILCOM, the committee formed to overlook the expenses during the 1996 World Cup, had allegedly transferred money into his own account and had misappropriated funds to the tune of Rs 21.74 lakh.

Earlier, Justice V M Kanade, who was hearing the anticipatory bail plea moved by petitioners, had directed them to attend the office of EOW of Mumbai police between March 27, 28, 29 and March 31 and before Kolkata police on April 3, 4 and 5.

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

The interrogation will continue tomorrow.

UNI ST-GS KU DH DB2000

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