Whistleblower blames Goa government of victimisationApril 15th, 2011 - 8:50 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, April 15 (IANS) A whistleblower who exposed a forgery scam involving a former Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) vice president Friday said the Goa government was victimising him while the apex cricket body was covering up the scandal.
Shekhar Salkar, a Goa-based oncologist and a member of the Goa Cricket Association (GCA), told a press conference that three months after he exposed the scam, the Goa government
initiated an enquiry into his association with a national level NGO creating awareness against usage of tobacco.
He had exposed how Goa Cricket Association (GCA) president and ruling Congress legislator Dayanand Narvekar had fielded his son in junior state cricket squads.
“The Goa government and Narvekar are systematically pulling me down. They are attacking me from all quarters from the moment I exposed the scam. They are even looking into NOTE’s (National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication) finances,” Salkar said.
In December last year, Salkar had accused Narvekar, a former BCCI vice president and deputy chief minister, of fielding his son Ganeshraj twice at the under-15 level by forging his birth certificate.
On another occasion, Narvekar had fielded his son under the name ‘Anish’, to ’sidestep’ a BCCI rule which allows a player to play at the under-15 level only once.
Salkar had also filed a criminal complaint accusing Narvekar, his wife and Ganeshraj of forgery, but according to him, the police are simply not acting.
“The police are making me collect evidence and corroborate it, when it is in fact their job,” he said.
The whistle-blower said the BCCI had been sitting mum on the formal complaint made by him on the forgery issue.
“All they had done was fine him Rs.5,000 for what is a criminal indiscretion,” Salkar said.
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