In his match report, Justice Mukul Mudgal tears into DDCA’s ad-hocism

Justice Mukul Mudgal's 27-page report highlights serious deficiencies in working of the DDCA.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Updated: January 19, 2016 10:42 am
nsa, ddca, ddca row, ddca scam, Gopal Subramanium, Subramanium, latest news Justice Mukul Mudgal appointed by the High Court to oversee the fourth Test between India and South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla. (Source: File)

Pointing out serious deficiencies in the management of the Delhi and District Cricket Association, particularly the problems posed by the “mostly non-functional subcommittees”, Justice Mukul Mudgal in his report on the India-South Africa Test match has made various suggestions to improve the working of the cricket association.

The 27-page report highlights serious deficiencies in working of the DDCA, with Justice Mudgal suggesting that a “more organized financial structure is needed to streamline” the expenditures in a match. He also pointed out that the DDCA “has not prepared an annual budget for its capital/revenue expenditure for the year 2015-16” and that “no records were available” for the tender processes used for previous matches.

“Records relating to the contracts/work orders for the earlier matches are not available,” says the report, adding that there were also no records of the minutes of the meetings of the committees that awarded the work. Further, the report notes that bills worth over Rs 1.77 crores were pending since 2012-13, while bills worth over Rs 3.79 crores for the financial year 2014-15 were also lying uncleared. “This results in a higher number of vendors not bidding and others quoting higher rates to cover the risk of huge delays in getting payments,” Justice Mudgal stated in his report.

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Justice Mudgal has also pointed out that the Internal Audit carried out by the finance/accounts wing of the DDCA in its last report had also highlighted various shortcomings and financial irregularities, but “no tangible action appears to have been taken by the management and accounts wing.”

Making a comment on the lack of cooperation by the members and office-bearers of the DDCA, Justice Mudgal has stated that the various subcommittees of members that are supposed to deal with various facets of organization are “defunct” and were “formed after much delay” and “repeated reminders.” Most committees formed belatedly for the India-South Africa match, notes the report, were either dysfunctional or decorative.

Even after the committees were created, the report notes, the members did not show up to do any work, leading to a “lot of trouble” for the vendors. In fact, the report points out that the tender documents floated by the DDCA before Justice Mudgal’s appointment were faulty, and no member of the legal committee of the DDCA was present to help with the drafting work for the new tenders.

“The majority of the office-bearers of DDCA were not of much assistance for seeking permissions from various departments,” notes the report, adding that there is “huge ad-hocism in organising matches and matters tend to get postponed till the last minute.”

“The committee found to be the most active since the day of formation was the Ticket Complimentary Committee,” says the report in a tongue in cheek comment, adding that there was a “clamour for ascending the dais during felicitation and prize distribution due to visibility and photo opportunity.”

The report also notes that 2695 complimentary passes were given to the executive members and sports committee, which were “found to be on the higher side”.

The report also notes that while the duties given to various members during the match itself were “fixed without any information,” the bills submitted by the members were found to have been “on the higher side,” and were “brought down considerably” after the inquiry was raised by the Auditor regarding the basis on which the remuneration for the members had been fixed.

The report was submitted before the bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vibhu Bakhru on Monday. The counsel appearing for justice Mudgal has also informed the bench that a supplementary report, with details of the finances involved in the match as well as the financial mismanagement at the DDCA is also likely to be filed within one week.

The bench will now hear the matter in detail on February 2.

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