Goa govt to relook report in bogus cricket ticket scam probe

Panaji: Goa government said it may consider taking action on the recommendations made by judicial commission which probed the infamous 2001 cricket ticket scam.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters that the state government is contemplating accepting the recommendations of Justice (Rtd) M L Pendse commission, which had probed the fake ticket scam during 2001 India-Australia match held at Fatorda stadium in Goa.

"I have asked the officers to put up the file to me (regarding Pendse commission). We may be taking up the recommendations of the commission," the CM said.

The commission recommendations which were accepted by then Parrikar-led cabinet were later scrapped by Pratapsingh Rane cabinet in 2005, after it was revealed that then minister Dayanand Narvekar, who headed Goa Cricket Association (GCA), along with other office-bearers were indicted in the inquiry report.

A case was filed in the Bombay High Court bench at Goa in 2008 challenging cabinet`s decision not to accept Pendse commission report.

The report prepared by former Karnataka High Court Chief Justice had found Narvekar along with other office-bearers guilty of printing, distributing and selling fake tickets.

The tickets in excess to the capacity of the stadium had resulted in the chaos during India-Australia match.

Police had to resort to cane-charge to disperse the crowd which became violent.

Several people carrying genuine tickets were not allowed to enter the stadium as it was jam-packed.

The commission had blamed secretive printing and distribution as the reason for sale of bogus tickets.


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