Narvekar arrested, SC disposes petition

| 04 June 2001 22:14 IST

Dayanand Narvekar, former deputy chief minister and president of the Goa Cricket Association, was finally arrested by the state police today.

Karnal Singh, the DIG of Police, informed that the petition, challenging the conditional anticipatory bail granted to him by the high court last month, was disposed of by the apex court.

In its order, the supreme court stated that the order of the high court has worked out itself as one month for the anticipatory bail was already over. In view of this, the court refused to go into the merit of the case.

The state police wanted to arrest Narvekar in connection with a bogus ticket scam of the final cricket ODI held between Australia and India on 6 April. He has been accused as the key person behind the whole racket worth Rs one crore.

However, he had succeeded in seeking anticipatory bail from the local bench of the Bombay high court on 26 April, for the period of one month while also restraining him to function as the GCA president.

Though police had challenged the HC order in the apex court immediately, the matter came up for final hearing today, when the period of month had already lapsed. The apex court thus declined to go into the merits of the case.

"We have now arrested him as we wanted him for custodial interrogation and there is no binding of the court order any more", stated Singh.

The police had earlier arrested Rama Shankardas, the GCA treasurer and Narvekar's close accomplice, ticket contractor Chinmay Fallari as well as three others.

Narvekar had tried his best to avoid the police custody, even by getting himself admitted into the hospital after the sessions court had rejected his anticipatory bail application. The lower court had however granted him relief to approach the high court.

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