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Misuse of BCCI funds
Court orders FIR against Pawar
Ramesh Kandula
Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, November 2
In a blow to cricket authorities, a local court here today ordered that an FIR be booked against chairman of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sharad Pawar, its secretary Niranjan Shah and two others for the alleged irregularities in distribution of tickets during the recent India-Australia ODI held here.

The Third Metropolitan Magistrate of Cyberabad issued the order based on a complaint filed by a former Rajya Sabha member P Radhakrishna who alleged that Rs 12 crore were misappropriated by the authorities.

The petitioner contended that the cricket board had sold 24,000 tickets to the so-called VIPs, big corporate organisations and others unilaterally while only 15,000 tickets were available for general public.

The Rajiv Gandhi stadium at Uppal, where the fifth one-day international match was held on Oct 5, has a seating capacity of 39,000.

Assuming that each ticket was valued at Rs 5,000, the total misappropriation was to the tune of Rs 12 crores, the petitioner argued.

Adding a regional colour to the controversy, the complainant alleged that "local Telangana people were deprived of their opportunity to watch the match" as the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) had "gifted a major chunk of tickets to outsiders".

"By denying tickets to local cricket lovers, the BCCI and its affiliate body HCA have undermined the spirit of the game," the petitioner alleged.

The court ordered that FIRs be filed against Pawar, Niranjan Shah, HCA President and Secretary G Vinod and Shivlal Yadav, respectively.

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