The Cricket Club of India (CCI) is courting fresh controversy as one of its members,Vinod Nayar,industrialist whose son Arun is married to British model-actress Elizabeth Hurley,has complained that his watchman was roughed up outside the club recently while he was distributing leaflets about the alleged financial irregularities at the prestigious club.
Nayar said he has filed an FIR against the unidentified assailants with the Marine Drive police and has sought to make CCI a party to the FIR. The police,however,said they had no knowledge of such a case.
On March 18,I had asked my building watchman,Santosh Mandal,to circulate the pamphlets outside the club to members,talking about the financial irregularities and lack of transparency by the management, Nayar said. Around half-an-hour before the open house that day,a grey Toyota Corolla drove in and parked in the members-only parking lot. As per my driver and two witnesses,the driver came towards my watchman and assaulted him. He took away the pamphlets and walked into the club, he said,adding that the FIR was incomplete and does not name CCI.
The police took the complaint and also sent Mandal for medical examination. The watchman was badly assaulted and the papers seized,which merits an FIR against the management of the CCI, he said,alleging that the leaflets were later found in the clubs office.
Nayars lawyers have sent a letter to the Marine Drive police station asking them to verify the charges and name CCI in the FIR. However,Senior Inspector S Amrute,Marine Drive police station said,There has been no such case to my knowledge. When contacted for his comments,Kamaljeet Rajpal,CEO of the CCI,told Newsline: Mr Nayar is at liberty to name anyone he wants in the case. As far as I know,his watchman was within the premises and was just escorted out. Nobody was beaten up. When asked about the pamphlets being allegedly found in the CCI office,he said: Nayar had left the pamphlets behind and they were sent to the police station.