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CBI Launches Preliminary Enquiry Against Kerala Cricket Body Over Embezzlement

The CBI has launched a preliminary enquiry against unidentified office bearers of Kerala Cricket Association for alleged irregularities and misappropriation of funds.

Press Trust of India |July 28, 2016, 7:23 PM IST
CBI Launches Preliminary Enquiry Against Kerala Cricket Body Over Embezzlement

New Delhi: The CBI has launched a preliminary enquiry against unidentified office bearers of Kerala Cricket Association for alleged irregularities and misappropriation of funds.

The investigative agency registered a PE on a complaint about "huge amounts" having been allegedly spent for infrastructure development without following the laid down procedures, official sources said.

The complaint alleged that nearly Rs 3 to 4 crore had been spent on infrastructure development without any estimates being prepared and approval obtained from the General Body.

It was alleged that the money was shown to have been spent for professional consultancy without any official tender having been invited or agreement entered into with any professional group, the sources said. It was also alleged that a substantial amount had been siphoned off in the name of meetings by KCA.

Citing the complaint, CBI said grants given to the KCA for development of cricket were alleged to have been utilised for "non-specific purposes and personal gains by the officials of KCA."

The CBI will also go into the allegation about dubious land deal for the construction of a stadium.

Efforts to reach KCA for comments did not fructify. Its spokesperson did not answer phone calls or respond to text messages.

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