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DDCA ombudsman needs administrator to supersede Apex Council

New Delhi: DDCA secretary found guilty of indiscipline, misconduct Members of the council and the ombudsman have been at loggerheads over the suspension of 4 officers. (Source: File Photo)

The Delhi and District Cricket Association’s (DDCA) ombudsman Justice (retired) Deepak Verma has requested for the appointment of an administrator to run the conflict-ridden state unit, citing monetary irregularities and wilful contempt of orders handed by him and the court docket.

In his letter to the Delhi High Court, the ombudsman mentioned the administrator, as soon as appointed, would supersede the DDCA’s Apex Council. Members of the council and the ombudsman have been at loggerheads over the suspension of 4 officers and the standing of the state cricket unit’s standing counsel.

“It is for everyone’s information that owing to the current mess and the situation created in DDCA including but not limited to financial irregularities and wilful contempt of Orders passed by Ombudsman and High Court, I have made a reference to the Hon’ble Delhi High Court to intervene in the affairs of DDCA. I have further requested the High Court that present Apex Council be superseded and an Administrator be appointed (whosoever the High Court deems fit),” he wrote.

The state physique has been within the information for the incorrect causes after it got here to mild final week that its common secretary Vinod Tihara has been jailed since mid-March. Tihara was arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence for allegedly violating GST norms and was lodged in a Meerut jail. The fixed squabbling between members has resulted in DDCA’s authorized payments operating into crores of rupees, whereas coaches and different assist employees stay unpaid for the earlier cricket season. The transfer by the ombudsman to request the excessive court docket to place an administrator in cost comes after weeks of variations between Justice Verma and apex council members, who’ve accused him of passing ‘one-sided orders’ and ‘failing to recognise resolutions passed by a majority’.

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In March, Justice Verma had ordered a forensic audit of the DDCA for the previous 5 years after a young price Rs 6.5 crore was awarded to a contractor for modernisation of the bar, restaurant, member’s lounge, and cricket library. He took the choice when he obtained no response from Apex Council members after he requested them to submit all paperwork associated to MSL Jangid JV, the contractor. A director and member of the infrastructure committee visited the given tackle of the contractor in Noida and claimed that no such firm existed on the website. He additionally knowledgeable the ombudsman of the identical. “I would like to point out that since the complaints were primarily made against the agreement (between DDCA and MSL Jangid JV), it would be proper to conduct the forensic audit in relation to the said agreement first, followed by detailed and comprehensive audit of the entire DDCA,” the ombudsman mentioned in an order dated March 20.

Justice Verma additionally said {that a} copy of his letter to the Delhi High Court, asking for an administrator to be appointed, was submitted to standing counsel Gautam Dutta in order that he may current the arduous copy to the excessive court docket. The court docket has listed May 1 because the date to think about the ombudsman request.

Dutta mentioned: “The Hon’ble Ombudsman has issued a reference to Hon’ble Chief Justice, Delhi High Court to dissolve the Apex Council and appoint an Administrator at DDCA, given the situation at DDCA. It was listed today before HC. The judge recused. Now to be listed on 1 May before the parent bench which had passed the status quo orders on 13.03.2020.”

The continuation of Dutta because the standing counsel has been a bone of competition because the Apex Council had eliminated him from his submit earlier this month and claimed it to be a majority determination.

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Members debarred

However, on April 15, the ombudsman debarred 4 members of the Apex Council – Apurv Jain, Nithin Gupta, Alok Mittal, and joint secretary Rajan Manchanda – from administrative and monetary work or taking any selections associated to DDCA. The ombudsman additionally said that “Mr Gautam Dutta shall continue to perform his functions as DDCA standing counsel at least till the time the complaints pending before me attain finality.” Verma added that the “resolution to remove the standing counsel was unlawful as the persons who have presented and approved the resolution are facing a disciplinary inquiry before me”.

Manchanda mentioned that he would knock on the door of the court docket to cease the appointment of an administrator. “The ombudsman has been interfering in the day-to-day affairs of the Apex Council and the DDCA, which is not acceptable. We will challenge his decision to ask for an administrator. At the same time, we are ready to co-operate with any inquiry the ombudsman wants to conduct but if he wants us to submit any papers, then I request him to wait till the lockdown ends as all relevant documents are at the DDCA office,” Manchanda mentioned.

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If HCA appoints an administrator, it received’t be the primary time the DDCA is headed by a former decide. In 2016, Justice Mukul Mudgal was appointed as an observer and a yr later Justice Vikramajit Sen took over as administrator.

© The Indian Express (P) Ltd

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