Goa ex-minister questioned in cricket body fraud case

Panaji: Former Goa Cricket Association President Dayanand Narvekar, who was also the state Finance Minister, was on Wednesday grilled by officials of the Economic Offences Cell of the Goa Police in a Rs 3.13 crore scam. Narvekar was the president of the association, when its key office bearers, namely current President Chetan Dessai, Secretary Vinod Phadke and Treasurer Akbar Mulla, were accused to have allegedly forged documents to create fake bank accounts and siphon off Rs 3.13 crore deposited by the Board of Cricket Control in India between 2009-11. "The former president had skipped two prior summons, but responded to a third summon issued to him. We questioned him about whether he was aware of the fraudulent withdrawals of money by the three accused and whether he was a beneficiary of the withdrawn money," a police official familiar with the investigation said. On June 4, the Economic Offences Cell had filed a first information report against the trio, which alleged that Dessai, Phadke and Mulla and had defalcated the money and arrested all the three accused subsequently.