Justice Mukul Mudgal, appointed by the Delhi High Court to oversee the functioning of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), on Thursday filed a report stating that there was a “deliberate attempt” by “few officials” of the state association to “scuttle” the 2016-17 domestic season by refusing to take action as per his directions.
“The payments of the selectors, coaches and managers for the present domestic season and the expenses for the teams have been withheld despite clear and unequivocal directions by me to honour the agreements” said Justice Mudgal, adding that this would “affect the domestic season of Delhi cricket and also affect the careers of several young cricketers.”
According to Mudgal, the DDCA had changed the persons designated as authorised signatories for the body in a meeting held on September 28, which resulted in disputes regarding clearance of payments. Mudgal had informed the DDCA that the remuneration fixed for selectors, coaches and players “has to be honoured” as it had been fixed under his supervision.
The DDCA officials, however, said that as the High Court had not issued its final judgment, the “financial commitments” under Justice Mudgal’s recommendations were “not finalised”.
The report states that Mudgal had sent several emails to DDCA officials asking them to release payments, but only one out of four officials of the DDCA executive committee signed the payment note, despite it requiring the signatures of two authorised signatories. The report states that only Sidharth Verma had signed the payment note. Three out of four signatories —Subhash Sharma, Dinesh Sharma and Ravi Jain — refused to sign the note.
The refusal, says Mudgal, amounted to “contravening” court orders due to “persistent disregard” for his authority.
The former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court has now asked the court to issue directions to the DDCA to “cease and desist from making any disbursement” untill the payment for the current domestic cricket season and the pending bills of matches conducted were paid. He has also sought orders for the DDCA to comply with his directions and honour the agreements made during his tenure as administrator of the cricket body.
Mudgal has also raised a complaint about the “inappropriate and intemperate language” used in emails sent by Sports Working committee convenor Vinod Tihara, who had made adverse comments against Mudgal and former deputy CAG IP Singh.
The High Court had last month reserved its judgment on the issue of administration of the DDCA and pending clearances required for the use of the Feroz Shah Kotla by the cricket body.
The bench had asked Justice Mudgal, who had initially been appointed to oversee the work of the DDCA last year, to continue as administrator till the judgment was pronounced. The report was filed before the bench headed by Justice S Ravindra Bhat, who said that it would consider the report.