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Dalmiya vows ''to go any extent'' to prove innocence

By Staff

New Delhi, July 27 (UNI) Holding that BCCI's ban on him from holding any cricketing post for alleged misappropiation of PILCOM funds as a game of vandetta, veteran sports administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya has vowed to do anything, including fighting board elections, to prove his innocence.

''It (the vandetta) has never happened before. They have done it, it is very unfortunate. They have made a tamasha out of the BCCI. If I have to prove my innocence, then more dirt will come out.

Invariably, the board will suffer,'' Dalmiya said in an interview.

''Sometimes I think I should leave it, forget it, but then I ask myself, why should I go with a black spot? The truth has to come out. They have gone too far. I am not doing it for vendetta. But what else can I do? If you were in my place what will you do? I have got no choice,'' the former BCCI chief told The Week.

Last year, the BCCI had banned Dalmiya for life from holding any position in cricket bodies at the state and national levels for alleged misappropriation of PILCOM funds.

But on July 20, the Calcutta High Court had stayed the expulsion and ruled that Dalmiya was free to stand for elections to the Cricket Association of Bengal and the BCCI.

Emboldened by the court verdict, Dalmiya said he would do anything to prove his ''innocence''.

''I have been treasurer, secretary and president of CAB and BCCI.

I have also been president of Asian Cricket Council and Afro-Asian Cricket and chairman of International Cricket Council. I don't have anything left to achieve. But I have to save my honour and I will go to any extent to save it. Even if that means fighting BCCI elections.'' Dalmiya also tried to drive home BCCI's vandetta politics in the PILCOM funds issue.

''Tell me, has someone from Pakistan asked about the so-called PILCOM funds? Has Sri Lanka said anything? In India, did anyone say anything for 11 years? The demand for all these documents came out of the blue. Even after the cases, has anybody from these countries demanded money?,'' he said when asked about BCCI's allegations that he did not furnish all documents or vouchers.

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Story first published: Friday, July 27, 2007, 21:17 [IST]
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