More than a week after an FIR was filed against him, the ex-joint secretary of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA), Alpesh Shah appeared before Tukoganj police on Saturday and recorded his statement.
“Alpesh Shah came to police station and recorded his statement. We already have the girl’s statement and the investigation is on,” said investigation officer Y V Mishra.
A U-19 woman cricketer had lodged a complaint of molestation against Shah on Nov 28 and since then he had been evading police who had issued a notice asking him to appear before them.
Earlier in the day, Shah and the woman cricketer appeared before MPCA probe panel at Madhavrao Scindia administrative block of Holkar Stadium.
It was for the first time since the probe committee was set up by MPCA that both the accused and the complainant came face to face.
The panel meeting however ended without any result as the woman cricketer refused to give her statement citing ill health. Committee chairperson, Justice (retired) Indrani Dutta said, “We wanted to hear the girl before hearing Alpesh Shah, but she sought more time as she was not completely fit to record her statement on Saturday. Alpesh however was ready to put forth his account on the matter,” she said. “Since, both the parties are associated with MPCA, it is our duty to probe the matter and come out with an unbiased report,” said Ashok Kumat, one of the members of the committee.
“The police are also probing the matter and we are not interfering in their investigation. However as an organization, it is our responsibility to find out truth,” Kumat added. Meena Chapekar, one of the members of the probe committee said, “On request of the girl, we have decided to hear both of them on December 13.” Talking to media persons for the first time ever since the episode came to light, Shah said, “The allegations levelled against me are baseless and false. I have been framed and it is a conspiracy against me.” After coming out of the meeting on Saturday afternoon, one of the relatives of the girl said, “We have faith in MPCA. But if we do not get justice here, we will get it in the court of law.”