Mathew has been given a time frame of two months by the Ombudsman to repay the amount to KCA.

Former Kerala Cricket Assoc president to pay Rs 216 crore for misappropriationWebsite/Kerala Cricket Association
news Crime Saturday, July 07, 2018 - 10:13

Former Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) president, TC Mathew, has landed in trouble after the organisation’s Ombudsman found huge alleged misappropriation to the tune of Rs 2.16 crore in various infrastructure activities.

Mathew was ordered by the Ombudsman of the KCA to pay a sum of Rs 2.16 crore after he was found guilty of financial misappropriation by an inquiry commission.

The ombudsman for the KCA was appointed in October last year and soon a complaint was filed against Mathew by one of the KCA members citing gross irregularities.

The complaint was filed by K Pramod, a representative of the Thrissur District Cricket Association, who was also the person who initiated the probe, alleging corruption in KCA and accusing the former president of misappropriating funds for personal gains.

The report of the ombudsman will now come up for discussion at the annual general body meeting of the KCA to be held at Alappuzha on Saturday.

According to the report the irregularities have been pointed in purchase of land and in the construction of stadiums at a few places.

Media reports state that it was found that Rs 8.25 lakh from the KCA fund was used by Mathew for his monthly rent while irregularities amounting to Rs 70.93 lakh were found in awarding KCA’s contracts to three private firms during Mathew’s tenure.

It was also reported that there were irregularities amounting to Rs 44.02 lakh in the construction of a retaining wall at the Kasargod cricket stadium.

However, the former KCA president has alleged that he is being vilified by vested interests.

Mathew, who is presently the BCCI vice-president, responded by saying that this is nothing but a vilification campaign against him by vested interests to ensure that he does not return to the KCA.

"At the appropriate time, I will reveal everything as I have all the evidence with me," Mathew told reporters.

(With inputs from IANS)

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