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Apologetic Alpesh Shah's anticipatory bail plea dismissed

Sunday, 22 December 2013 - 1:44pm IST | Place: Indore | Agency: DNA
Ex-MPCA joint secretary renders written apology to U-19 cricketer.

The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) might have brokered peace  between its former joint secretary Alpesh Shah and Under-19 cricketer  but the case is far from over for Shah, who is still on the run from police.

While Shah rendered a written apology to the cricketer on Saturday, the district court dismissed his anticipatory bail plea, paving way for his arrest.

The cricketer, who had levelled molestation charges against Shah, accepted his apology during MPCA probe committee’s  meeting held at Holkar stadium. Though Shah did not turn up for the meeting on Saturday,  he had sent his apology letter to the committee. “Alpesh Shah rendered a written apology to the victim before the committee and they accepted it, “ panel chairperson and retired high court judge Indrani Dutta said.

One of the members of the committee said that both the parties have agreed upon conciliation. With this, the probe committee has almost concluded its inquiry into the matter and will submit its findings to MPCA president in a few days.

“We are only concerned with MPCA’s internal inquiry. The committee’s findings do not have any implications on court proceedings,” said the chairperson.

“We accepted Shah’s apology here, but the judicial proceedings will continue and law will take its own course, “ said victim’s grandfather. He said that there was no pressure whatsoever on them to come to conciliation here, and will continue to fight the matter in court.

Rohit Pandit, CEO of MPCA and one of the panel members said, “We will compile findings of the meetings held so far and submit them to MPCA president.”

On Saturday, Tukoganj police also submitted its investigation report in the court. “We are looking for Alpesh Shah, but are not getting any clue of his whereabouts,” said investigation officer  Y B Mishra.

Ever since the case was registered with police on Nov 28, Shah has been on the run. Though he had appeared before MPCA probe panel twice, surprisingly police failed to trace his whereabouts and did not arrest him then.

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