The three-member committee appointed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to probe alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has questioned the role of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not taking action against the state association and hence, turning a blind eye towards the irregularities ailing it, government sources told The Indian Express.
Government officials, however, said the findings of the committee will have no bearing on the fate of the Test match between India and South Africa scheduled for next month. “The mandate of the committee was only to probe the alleged irregularities in the DDCA. The committee has no say in letting or not letting the scheduled match take place in Delhi,” a source said.
The committee was expected to submit a report to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal by Monday evening. In its report running into nearly 300 pages, along with complaints of financial and managerial irregularities, the committee also examined the DDCA’s player selection process.
According to sources, the DDCA is a primary member of the BCCI and the board, under its rules, does have the power to suspend the association over the irregularities.
“The BCCI has washed its hands clean off the mess in DDCA by saying that it is a private body. But the BCCI does have the power to take action against it. There is a Supreme Court ruling which says that a private body discharging public duty is as accountable as a public body. The committee has, therefore, questioned the role of the BCCI,” the source said.
Senior players, sources said, had told the committee members that there is a gymnasium that is open only to members of the DDCA and not the players.
“The Feroz Shah Kotla should be fetching around Rs 16 crore annually, but it is being given out on lease for Rs 24 lakh. How much subsidy will someone give?” a source asked.
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had ordered the setting up of the committee on November 12, after the government had received “serious complaints” of “irregularities and wrong-doings” in the DDCA. Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir had also met chief minister Kejriwal and Sisodia and raised concerns over the DDCA administration.
The three-member committee comprises secretary Public Works Department and Vigilance, Chetan B Sanghi, secretary education and sports, Punya Srivastava and standing counsel for the Delhi government, Rahul Mehrotra.