Andhra Pradesh police have registered a case against BCCI Chief Sharad Pawar and five others for alleged misappropriation of funds during the third India-Australia cricket ODI here held recently.

On a direction from a local court, the Uppal police here booked the case against Pawar, BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah, Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) President and Secretary G Vinod Kumar and Shivlal Yadav, respectively, and two others, Uppal police Inspector Bhaskar said.

"We have taken up the investigation," he said. The Third Metropolitan Magistrate of Cyberabad had on November 2 issued the order based on a complaint filed by a former Telugu Desam Rajya Sabha member P Radhakrishna.

The petitioner contended that the cricket board had sold 24,000 tickets to VIPs, corporates and others for a premium and made huge money, while only 15,000 tickets were made available for general public.

The seating capacity of the Rajiv Gandhi stadium at Uppal is 39,000.

He alleged that Rs 12 crore were misappropriated in the process, assuming that each ticket was valued at Rs 5,000.

The petitioner also alleged that the BCCI and HCA have deprived the local Telangana people of the opportunity to watch the match by giving away major chunk of tickets to their favoured sections.
Src: TimesOfIndia