THRISSUR: The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) on Thursday submitted a FIR in the Vigilance Ccourt here against Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) secretary T C Mathew and 85 others in a case related to a corruption charge to the tune of `1.17 crore in the sale of tickets for the India-Australia One-Day International match held in Kochi on October 2, 2007.
This is second time the VACB is submitting the FIR in the case. Earlier, the Vigilance Court had stopped proceedings in the case after the KCA filed a petition in the High Court. The KCA, in its petition, had pleaded that it was a private institution and hence it would not come under the ambit of the Vigilance Court. But the High Court later gave nod to the VACB to go ahead with the case in the Vigilance court.
It was on a petition filed by Balaji Iyengar, former Kottayam district vice-president of the KCA, that the court had asked the VACB to register a case and carry out an investigation in the case. On another petition filed by KCA founding member P K Jacob, the court had also directed the VACB to submit a preliminary investigation report on the alleged misappropriation of ` 1.15 crore in installing floodlights in the stadium. The work had been assigned without proper tender proceedings, the petition stated.