GCA to probe false birth certificate controversy

Allegations about the fake birth certificate of Ganeshraj Narvekar was made in September 2011 © AFP

Panaji: Jun 11, 2012

 

Goa Cricket Association (GCA) has appointed a three-member committee, with Akbar Mulla as its chairman, to probe the controversy related to the allegedly false birth certificate of cricketer Ganeshraj Narvekar, the son of Congress leader Dayanand Narvekar.

 

GCA said the alleged wrongdoings of Ganeshraj had brought the association into disrepute, and hence the committee had been asked to present its report within 15 days.

 

Mayur Sawkar and Shirish Naik are the two other members.

 

“This committee will look into all the aspects of false birth certificate,” said GCA secretary Prasad Phaterpekar.

 

Allegations were made last September against the then GCA president Dayanand that he submitted a forged birth certificate of his son Ganeshraj (Anish), so that the latter could take part in Polly Umrigar Trophy Under-15 South Zone cricket tournament for three years: 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08. Under the BCCI rules, no player can play for more than two years in Under-15 category.

 

It was also alleged that Ganeshraj submitted two different dates of birth on different occasions: 1-9-1993 and 29-2-1993.

 

Meanwhile, Narvekar, who is facing an inquiry instituted by the state government with regard to irregularities in the GCA during his tenure, said that senior member of the inquiry committee, Chetan Desai, should recuse himself.

 

Narvekar had not remained present before the committee recently when he was summoned, but says in the letter to Desai that he could remain present at a short notice.

 

The letter says that inquiry “is violative of principles of natural justice, biased, partisan, malafide”. It says that Narvekar himself had appointed Desai as GCA secretary in 2006, and during his (Desai’s) tenure two cases of negligence of duty were detected by BCCI.

 

Also, in Ganeshraj’s case, Narvekar says it was Desai who allowed him to play for another year, in violation of rules.

 

As Desai had been expelled from GCA managing committee for non-attendance, he has an axe to grind against Narvekar, the letter adds. (PTI)