Sachin’s 200th Test: Cops grill Bombay Gymkhana member for illegal ticket sale

Zaveri is suspected of having provided six complimentary VIP passes to two accused.

Written by Gautam Mengle | Mumbai | Updated: February 7, 2014 10:24 am

Bombay Gymkhana member Chintan Zaveri,suspected of being involved in the black-marketing of tickets for Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test match,was questioned for the third time on Tuesday by officers of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch’s property Cell.

“Zaveri reached the Crime Branch headquarters on Tuesday afternoon and is being questioned,” said a Crime Branch officer.

Zaveri is suspected of having provided six complimentary VIP passes,which include three meals and drinks,to the arrested accused. The passes,while transferable,cannot be sold.

Zaveri was questioned on Saturday last week as well as on Monday after his name cropped up during the interrogation of arrested accused Girish Premnath and Janak Gandhi. He was again called for questioning on Tuesday.

The Crime Branch probe against Zaveri is stuck on a technicality,as he can only be charged with cheating and criminal breach of trust if he has accepted money in exchange for the passes. While both Premnath and Gandhi have claimed in their interrogation that he sold the six passes for Rs 10,000 each,Zaveri has stuck to the claim that he only gave the passes to Premnath out of goodwill.

“Zaveri says that he was on good terms with Premnath,who would even take care of Zaveri’s children whenever he brought them to the Bombay Gymkhana. Zaveri further claims that when Premnath said he needed tickets for the much anticipated match,he was only too happy to do him a good turn,” an officer said.

Meanwhle,Shivaji Park Gymkhana member Suryakant Chavan,who was arrested by the Crime Branch for a similar racket,will be produced in the Esplanade Court in south Mumbai later on Tuesday afternoon. The Crime Branch will seek his further custody in order to interrogate him about the racket,sources said.

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