Goa Cricket Association officials arrested for fraud

Goa Cricket Association president Chetan Dessai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla were on Wednesday arrested by police for alleged misappropriation of over Rs. 3 crore belonging to the organisation.

Goa cricket association president Chetan Dessai is transported for a medical check up after he was arrested.   -  PTI

Goa Cricket Association president Chetan Dessai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla were on Wednesday arrested by police for alleged misappropriation of over Rs. 3 crore belonging to the organisation. Inspector Shivram Vaingankar of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Goa Police told PTI that all three were called for questioning on Wednesday evening and were subsequently arrested.

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The EOW filed an FIR against the trio in connection with the alleged fraud of Rs 3.13 crore on June 3. GCA's life member Vilas Desai had filed a complaint accusing Dessai and the other two of forging signatures and opening bank accounts to siphon off the association's money.

They opened accounts between October 23, 2006, and May 23, 2008, when GCA was headed by Dayanand Narvekar while Dessai was its secretary and Phadke its treasurer. "They prepared forged documents as well as a resolution of GCA and submitted it to the Development Credit Bank to open an account. They then encashed a cheque of Rs 2.87 crore given by BCCI to the GCA," the complaint says.

The accused also forged signatures and withdrew Rs. 26 lakh from the Federal Bank on the pretext of making payment to a sports goods company called 'Hako Enterprise', it says.

Following the complaint, police registered a case under sections 408, 409 (criminal breach of trust), 419 (cheating by impersonation), 463, 464, 468 (forgery), 471 (fraud), 420 (cheating) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

Meanwhile, Dessai and Phadke were admitted to the Goa Medical College Hospital after the arrest because of the high blood pressure, police said. All the three accused were taken for a medical check-up after the arrest by the police. Dessai and Phadke were admitted as their blood pressure was found to be high.

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