Narvekar offers to step down as GCA chief

Panaji: Goa Cricket Association (GCA) President Dayanand Narvekar, who is in thick of a storm for allegedly forging the birth certificates of his son to facilitate his participation in an Under-15 cricket tournament, has offered to resign from his post following a police probe into the matter.

"I will put my resignation before (GCA?s) General body. Let them decide on the issue," Narvekar, who appeared to be on the backfoot after facing an inquiry, told reporters yesterday.

GCA`s former executive member Shekhar Salkar had filed a police complaint against Narvekar, his wife Sushma, son Ganeshraj and two others alleging that they had faked the birth certificates to let Ganeshraj play thrice in the U-15 category representing Goa.

However, Narvekar, an ex-Goa minister, claimed innocence about the existence of two birth certificates of his son.

"This is a matter which should be investigated by the BCCI and not by police," he said adding that such actions against him were politically motivated.

Narvekar said that his son was born on February 28, 1993 and said that he was not aware about his wife swearing another affidavit to register his birth at Mapusa municipal council at a different date.

The BCCI in past had fined Ganeshraj for Rs 5,000 taking cognisance of him playing three times in the Under-15 category, once by registering his name as Anish N, which is his pet name.

Salkar had lodged a complaint in November against Narvekar, on which police had registered FIR, last week.

He had demanded on Saturday that Narvekar should step down as the GCA President.

"Police should immediately arrest Narvekar as offences against him are of serious nature," he said.

As per the complaint, Ganeshraj, after playing for two seasons -- 2005-06 and 2006-07 -- for the South Zone under-15 team, was allowed to play for the third time by changing his name.

The complainant has also attached documents, obtained under Right to Information Act, showing that Ganeshraj had two different birth certificates.

As per GCA record, his birth date is September 1, 1993, while the certificate procured from the local municipality shows his birthday as February 28, 1993.

The complaint also stated that Ganeshraj has given another birth certificate claiming his birth date as February 28, 1992 to get admission in a school.