The Delhi government has issued a notification on constituting a Commission of Inquiry to look into alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). The commission will be headed by senior advocate Gopal Subramanium. However, sources said that Subramanium has conveyed to the government that he would not be able to head the commission if it did not get approval from Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
The government had not sought the Lt Governor’s permission before issuing the notification, said sources.
“The file had not been sent to the Lt Governor till Wednesday evening and the Delhi government has issued the notification. It will not be valid until the Lt Governor approves of it,” said the source.
The Lt Governor and the AAP government earlier had a run-in on a similar issue. The Delhi government had constituted a commission of inquiry, headed by retired high court judge Justice S N Aggarwal, to probe the CNG fitness case, but the Ministry of Home Affairs had termed it null and void.
A statement on the commission of inquiry, issued by the government, said, “The terms of reference of this commission shall cover the working, management and administration of the DDCA… recommendations to make DDCA an institution compatible with international standards, identify any act of omission and commission by DDCA and its office-bearers…between January1, 1992 and November 30, 2015 and fix responsibility,”.
On why the commission has been set up, the Delhi government said, “The GNCTD received several complaints by retired Indian cricketers that included among them a few legends of the game, about a series of malpractices and financial irregularities in the functioning of the DDCA. This includes maladministration of DDCA… in July, 2015, the government also received a letter from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, GOI, requesting to take appropriate action into matters of irregularities committed by DDCA.”