Bombay HC quashes FIR against Dalmiya in cheating case

Mumbai: In a major relief to former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, the Bombay High Court on Monday quashed a cheating case registered against him by the Economic Offences Wing of Mumbai police in 2006.

Justice B R Gavai quashed the FIR filed against Dalmiya after observing that the two warring camps, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which had lodged the case, and Dalmiya, have settled the dispute amicably.

The case was filed by BCCI at the Marine Drive police station for alleged misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 2.90 crore when Dalmiya was BCCI chief till 2006. The matter was subsequently transferred to the EOW and a case was registered soon after Sharad Pawar took over as the board`s chief.

Dalmiya was arrested and released on bail thereafter.

The EOW had even filed a charge sheet against him on various counts of cheating, criminal breach of trust and conspiracy.

The case dates back to the 1996 cricket World Cup, hosted jointly by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

An account was opened in the Indian Overseas Bank and Dalmiya was authorised to operate this account along with an official from the Pakistan Cricket Board. In 2006, when Sharad Pawar was elected as the BCCI president, Dalmiya closed the account.

However, Pawar levelled accusations against Dalmiya for misusing BCCI funds from the bank account.

BCCI then asked Dalmiya to provide a record of funds spent from the account, alleging that he had used over Rs 2 crore for his personal use.

PTI

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