HCA to move HC against case on Pawar

Hyderabad, Nov 8 (UNI) Hyderbad Cricket Association (HCA) President and State Labour Minister G Vinod today said that HCA would move the Andhra Pradesh High Court against the case registered against BCCI President Sharad Pawar and officials of the HCA over the allleged irregularities on sale of tickets for the ODI match between India and Australia here on October five.

Addressing a press conference here, he said that HCA had already consulted senior lawyers and would challenge the petition against the BCCI President in the High Court on November 14.

The Uppal police, on November 7, had registered an FIR against BCCI Chief Sharad Pawar and top cricket officials of HCA on the orders passed by the Third Metropolitan Magistrate court here, on a petition filed by former TDP MP P Radhakrishna, stating that only very few tickets of the match were sold.

The Minister said BCCI had no role in the sale of tickets and its responsibility was only to allot the match.

Out of 39,000 tickets, 15,000 were sold through the UCO Bank, 13,000 tickets were sold to the HCA clubs and cricketers and the remaining were issued as complementary passes to the donors who had helped HCA for constructing the cricket stadium.

He said there was nothing wrong in issuing complementary passes to the Association supporters.

He said HCA had been conducting the matches for the last 75 years in a transparent manner. The case was filed against them only to malign the image of the Association, he said.

The stadium capacity would be increased to 50,000 in future from the present 39,000, he added.


Story first published: Thursday, November 8, 2007, 20:05 [IST]
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