India vs South Africa World Cup tickets: Kolkata police issue notice to BCCI amid black marketing allegations

Police have arrested 19 people in seven cases and seized 108 tickets

Eden Gardens Visuals of floodlight show trial from Eden Gardens in Kolkata organised for Virat Kohli's birthday on Sunday, November 5 | ANI

The Kolkata Police has issued a notice to BCCI seeking ticket sale information amid allegations over black marketing of tickets for the India vs South Africa match being held at Eden Gardens on Sunday at 2pm.

The notice, issued on Saturday evening, asked BCCI President Roger Binny to submit documents at Kolkata's Maidan police station, PTI quoted a senior officer as saying.

"A notice was sent to the BCCI president, asking him to provide relevant documents and information regarding the sale of tickets either personally or through any competent person of his organisation to the investigating officer of Maidan PS during working hours on Tuesday," the officer told PTI.

This comes after police arrested 19 people in seven cases registered at different city police stations last week. Police also seized 108 tickets meant for the India vs South Africa match.

The city police had earlier served notices to an online ticket booking portal and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) based on a complaint that the India vs South Africa match tickets were being black-marketed.

The first case was lodged at Maidan police station on November 1 based on a complaint that tickets for Sunday's match were being black-marketed "owing to the connivance of an online portal along with officials of the CAB and BCCI".

The complainants alleged that certain BCCI and CAB officials, along with the booking portal, made tickets available to black-marketers.

Kolkata Police's detective department reportedly questioned representatives of the ticket booking portal regarding the allegations on Friday. However, officials of the state cricket body reportedly did not report to the Maidan police stations.

"Our officers spoke with portal officials... But no CAB representatives came," another officer told PTI, adding that they have issued one more notice to CAB officials.

Three of the arrested people allegedly sold a Rs 900 ticket for Rs 8,000 and 17 tickets were seized from them, reported PTI, adding that a case under the WB Black Marketing Act, 1948, was registered against the trio and officials of the booking portal and CAB.

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