The Goa Cricket Association (GCA) was forced to adjourn an Emergency Special General Body meeting despite having 82 clubs in attendance at its headquarters in Porvorim on Sunday.
GCA president Chetan Desai had called for an emergency meeting to clarify their position before the clubs after an FIR was filed against him, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla for misappropriation of a BCCI cheque worth Rs 2.87 crore, issued as share of profits from TV rights in 2006. The senior GCA members insist they have done no wrong and it were they who filed the complaint but as they were beginning to place the facts before the clubs – almost all of whom are backing them – there was a huge commotion outside.
Led by Sanguem MLA Subhash Phaldesai, former managing committee members and former Ranji Trophy cricketers, they shouted slogans against the GCA office-bearers and complained that many of the life-members were not allowed entry. Police soon made their presence felt and Desai stepped out to inform the agitators that the meeting has been adjourned.