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Dalmiya's plea for more time rejected

September 01, 2006 20:19 IST

A Kolkata court on Friday dismissed an application by former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Jagmohan Dalmiya seeking fresh copies of documents and extension of time to reply to the present BCCI management's allegations of misappropriation of PILCOM funds against him.

The City Civil court chief judge P K Sarkar refused to accept Dalmiya's contention that the copies of documents were illegible, observing that the BCCI had in an affidavit stated that the documents supplied to Dalmiya would not be relied upon in its Disciplinary Committee proceedings against him and as such producing fresh copies were not necessary.

Dalmiya's counsel, Gitanath Ganguly, had placed before the court documents supplied to him on August 26 as per the court's order, stating that many of these were illegible.

He prayed for direction to the BCCI management to supply fresh copies and sought extension of time to reply to the charges.

BCCI counsel S K Kapoor and S K Bajoria submitted that on May 5 it had supplied copies of 273 vouchers of Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), Bhawanipur branch, to Dalmiya in Chennai.

"They did not record any grievance about these documents supplied then."

They stated that these 273 documents would be relied on in the disciplinary proceedings against him and not the nearly 2000 documents supplied as per Dalmiya's request on August 26.

The BCCI counsel claimed that this was a frivolous application and a ploy to delay the disciplinary proceedings against Dalmiya.

The court had, on August 22, directed the BCCI to supply the nearly 2000 documents to Dalmiya, as sought by him, by August 29 for inspection in connection with the PILCOM (Pakistan India Lanka Committee for 1996 World Cup) accounts.

The court directed Dalmiya to complete the inspection and file his reply on the proceedings to the Board by September 9.

The Board would be free to summon him before the Disciplinary Committee after another seven days thereafter, judge Sarkar directed.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India had suspended Dalmiya pending inquiry by the disciplinary committee into allegations of financial irregularities against him.

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