Arrest of Dalmiya's associate K M Choudhary stayed till Apr 19
Mumbai, Apr 13 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today stayed till April 19 the arrest of former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya's associate Krishan Mohan Choudhary, accused in the misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 21.74 lakh from the 1996 World Cup account.
Justice V M Kanade, while granting the anticipatory bail to Choudhary, directed him to attend the office of the Economic Offence Wing's (EOW) from April 17-22 between 1100 hrs and 1700 hrs.
Earlier, Choudhary's counsel Satish Maneshinde, along with his associates - advocates Huzefa Nasikwala and Shivaji Nagre, contended that the petitioner was being falsely implicated in the case and he had nothing to do with the said offences.
He said, his client was merely an employee of Mr Dalmiya and managed the day-to-day affairs of the latter's M L Dalmiya and Company, which included work related to the BCCI.
The court was also told that BCCI secretary's complaint against Dalmiya and others had the mention of the petitioner's name and therefore, he apprehended arrest in the case.
The defence counsels also submitted that the petitioner had already been interrogated on April four and five and his statement had been recorded.
They held that the same court had already granted anticipatory bail to Dalmiya and three others in this case, and their client also be granted it on parity with the others.
While opposing the bail plea, Assistant Government Pleader Mankunwar Deshmukh contended that the accused was an active participant in the alleged crime and was in-charge of the accounts at the time. Also, the petitioner had allegedly withdrawn money from the said account, which was not permissible by the BCCI rules.
Therefore, there was a need for custodial interrogation and the bail should not be granted to him.
Incidentally, while arguing for the anticipatory bail plea of Dalmiya and others, their counsel had denied any knowledge of a person by the name of K M Choudhary among Dalmiya's staff members.
The court, after hearing both sides, stayed the arrest of Choudhary and the case was adjourned till April 19, with a direction to the police to file a reply.
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