Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Assistant Manager confesses to crime, says CCI member Sandeep Jain is a key conspirator; Jain’s membership revoked

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai police on Monday arrested the assistant manager of the Cricket Club of India’s (CCI) IT department, who admitted to issuing club memberships to 11 people against dead members.

Khalid Kazi, the official, is the first of the CCI employees whose role is being probed in the membership scam. He had earlier applied for anticipatory bail, which was rejected. He was produced before a local court, which remanded him in police custody for five days.

Additional CP Rajvardhan of the EOW said Kazi’s interrogation would help unravel how the fraud was committed.

The CCI management had found Kazi guilty of tampering with membership data. An internal inquiry revealed that Kazi had received illegal gratification. Inreturn, he tampered with the evidence. “We have registered a case of impersonation, cheating and forgery of documents against Kazi,” said Assistant PI Tanvir Sheikh.

The club management suspected foul play when a few people, who earlier were not members, started using club facilities without being formally introduced. When questioned, they claimed to be wards of existing members. CCI members later discovered the suspects had been fraudulently introduced in the membership register.

Realising that such a fraud cannot occur without the go-ahead of club insiders, an internal probe was conducted where Kazi was found involved.

During the internal inquiry, Kazi said CCI member Sandeep Jain was a key conspirator. “Jain approached me two years ago. Initially, I rejected the offer, but he kept pursuing. I finally relented,” Kazi said.

The11 fraud members were asked to appear for an inquiry by CCI with supporting documents. However, no body showed up.

The CCI has also blocked Jain’s membership.
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