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CAB president Dalmiya seeks time to prove innocence in IPL controversy

April 23, 2010 09:51 IST

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Thursday hit back at allegations of dubious source of money received by CAB for hosting seven matches of Kolkata Knight Riders saying "when you get monthly salary from your employers do you question where they got the money from?"

He said "at present, a lot of kite-flying and mud-slinging has been going on. Give me three-four days time and I will respond to this in a hard-hitting and befitting manner."

"We got the money, but we don't know where it came from. When you get a monthly salary from your employers do you question where they got the money from?", Dalmiya said.

Earlier, CAB joint-secretary Biswaroop Dey said Rs 2 crore in two cheques of Rs 1 crore were received.

Asked whether the origin of the money was in Mauritus, Dey said "we have got two cheques of Yes Bank, Mumbai branch which we deposited with the SBI, Chowringhee branch in Kolkata. I have no idea where it came from.

"CAB is not supposed to see where the money came from. BCCI is the parent body and they are conducting the tournament. It's on their recommendation we are hosting KKR."

Asked about the missing MoU between KKR and CAB, Dalmiya said "no paper is missing. There was one duplicate and one original copy of the MoU. They did not get the original yesterday but it will be supplied now. The CAB joint secretary was here cooperating in their survey."

He also said legal consultations have been made.

Dalmiya said "we have cooperated with them (taxmen) and will do so in future as well."

Dalmiya, who was ousted from BCCI in 2005 by a group led by Sharad Pawar and later expelled from the Board for alleged misappropriation of PILCOM funds, when asked if he found any similarity with the earlier row, replied "I am a very small fry in this. There are a lot of big fries who can answer this question in a better way."

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