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GCA officials get bail

GCA officials get bail

A court here today granted bail to the top officials of Goa Cricket Association who were arrested in a case of alleged fraud.

Judicial Magistrate Vijayalaxmi Shivolkar granted bail to GCA president Chetan Dessai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla.

All the three were arrested by the Economic Offences cell of Goa police for allegedly siphoning off Rs 3.13 crore of GCA’s funds, most of it given by BCCI.

The court granted them bail in the sum of Rs 1 lakh each, with the condition that they would stay away from GCA office for 15 days and report to the investigating officer for four days.

Earlier during the proceedings, prosecutor Poonam Bharne opposed the bail saying more evidence was to be discovered.

A team had been sent to BCCI’s office in Mumbai to get more information and it was difficult to believe that the crime was committed without the knowledge of the accused, she said.

“The funds sent by BCCI were collected through hosting of matches and other avenues where people had paid (for tickets, etc.,),” she said.

Dessai and others are accused of opening an account under a bogus name, depositing a cheque given by BCCI in the account and later withdrawing the money.

Meanwhile, police today filed an additional say (statement) in the case.

( Source – PTI )

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