At last my stand is vindicated: Dalmiya

Reacting at the Calcutta High Court's verdict against BCCI, Dalmiya, a former ICC president, said he was happy that his stand was absolved.

updated: November 12, 2008 16:45 IST
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Enthralled at the Calcutta High Court's decision to initiate criminal proceedings against six Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) officials for filing false affidavits in his expulsion case, Jagmohan Dalmiya on Wednesday said he was happy that his stand was vindicated.

Reacting at the court's verdict, Dalmiya, a former ICC president, said, "I am happy that my stand is vindicated and I have got more faith in the system as truth always comes out."

"I have tasted all the top positions, starting from treasurer of Cricket Association of Bengal in 1978-79 till becoming ICC president. I never thought this could happen to me. I always believe that truth and honesty prevail and if I am correct people have to realise it," he said recalling his expulsion from BCCI on December 16, 2006.

Elaborating on the case, Dalmiya said, "Too much of details won't be possible for me to tell you for the simple reason that the case is on. In short, the background goes to December 16, 2006 when the Board in their special general body meeting exercised expulsion against me. I thought it was too much and I did not deserve it as it was uncalled for.

"In democracy either you have to win by polls or you have to take the legal path. I also felt that and why I should take the expulsion when I have done nothing wrong. Therefore, I filed a case saying that my expulsion is absolutely uncalled for and it should be stopped."

The CAB President said the Calcutta High Court went through the entire hearing and came to the conclusion that the action taken by BCCI against him was incorrect and therefore issued the order.

"Interestingly, when for the first time I went to the High Court, my lawyers told me that the documents relied upon is a lot to be questioned. So I filed a case for criminal prosecution of six BCCI officials as they were either office bearers or holding a post in a committee and the decision of the case has come today."

Justice Nadira Pathariya passed the order eight months after Dalmiya moved a case of perjury against Pawar and Board officials and prayed for criminal proceedings against them for allegedly producing false documents in court.

The court passed the ex parte order and directed the Registrar (Original side) to initiate criminal proceedings under section 195 of CRPC (prosecution for contempt of lawful authority of public servants for offences against public justice and for offences relating to documents given in evidence), at an appropriate court.

The BCCI officials against whom the court ordered criminal proceedings were President Sashank Manohar, former BCCI President Sharad Pawar and four top officials in Ratnakar Shetty (Chief Administrative Officer), Niranjan Shah (former secretary), N Srinivasan (Secretary) and Chirayu Amin (junior Cricket Committee Chairman).

Interestingly, apart from the perjury case, Dalmiya is also fighting another case against BCCI in Mumbai Metropolitan Court relating to alleged embezzlement of 1996 World Cup funds.