GCA drops Narvekar from primary membership

PANAJI: The Goa Cricket Association (GCA) on Sunday expelled its former president Mr Dayanand Narvekar from the primary membership accusing him of misappropriation of funds.

The GCA had called a Special General Body meeting at its office at Porvorim on Sunday to discuss the allegations levelled against Mr Narvekar and also to decide his future in the association. The meeting was attended by 96 clubs and life members with Mr Narvekar also attending the same.

“Mr Narvekar had been found guilty of alleged financial irregularities, misuse of funds and impropriety by the Managing Committee which met on May 10,” said GCA president Mr Vinod Phadke.

GCA secretary Mr Chetan Dessai said that after the managing committee, during its meeting held on May 10 this year, passed a resolution to expel Mr Narvekar from the post of president for his alleged misappropriation of funds, many notices were sent to him seeking his explanation in the matter — the latest one, he said, was sent on October 19 this month.
“Mr Narvekar was given a fair chance to explain his side with regards to the misappropriations of funds but he refused to give any. Even during today’s meeting he remained adamant and insisted that he would be the last person to speak.”
“With no explanation coming from Mr Narvekar, the managing committee and the club members were then forced to oust him with a voice vote of 93/3,” Mr Dessai said.

Mr Narvekar has however denied the allegations saying that the then executive committee had approved the balance sheet detailing utilisation of funds.

“All allegations against me are false and are levelled without any evidence. I did not receive any notice regarding any irregularities and misuse of funds,” he said.

Mr Narvekar said he had placed all relevant documents and expenditure before the then executive committee and the managing committee too had approved them in the General Body meeting of the GCA.

It may be recalled that on May 10 this year GCA managing committee had expelled Mr Narvekar from the post of president, which he was holding on to for many years, and made way for the then vice president Mr Vinod Phadke, to take charge as the new chief of GCA.[NT]