In a strange incident, a cricketer from Maharashtra has been arrested for manipulating their age. A Malegaon cricketer Amol Kolpe was apprehended by the Baramati City police on Saturday in connection with an age-fudging case. On Tuesday he was sent to a 14-day magisterial custody by a Baramati court after the completion of his three-day police custody. After his arrest, Kolpe now has the opportunity to file a plea for regular bail.
The case is related to the qualification of U-19 cricketers in the Maharashtra Cricket Association. This U-19 invitation league match happened in January this year. During the registration process, Kolpe provided documents stating his date of birth as September 28, 2007. However, a subsequent investigation revealed the existence of older documents indicating his date of birth as February 15, 1999.
Based on a complaint filed by Nana Satav, a representative of the Karbhari Club, who claimed to be affected as they were in the same group as Kolpe’s club. The police arrested Kolpe and charged him with cheating and forgery. Three others were also booked in connection with the case.
Inspector Sunil Mahadik of Baramati city police had a conversation with TOI on this matter and said, “We had verified the documents submitted by the complainant. Post-verification, we questioned the Malegaon (Nashik district) boy on the issue of hiding his real age and later arrested him. On Sunday, a magisterial court ordered his three-day custodial remand which ended on Tuesday. Now that he has been sent to magisterial custody, he can seek regular bail.”
Mahadik further said, “We will collect all the documents related to Kolpe’s real date of birth and what the boy has submitted for the tournament he played in Baramati earlier this year. We will also explore the role of other persons in the case.”
Kolpe’s elder brother Kiran also talked to TOI and said, “Kolpe’s elder brother Kiran told TOI, “When Amol left for Baramati to play in a cricket tournament earlier this year, we were unaware about the standard/level of matches he would be playing or the age group he would be competing in. I have no idea.”