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Delhi HC declines to go orders to curb DDCA ombudsman’s authority

New Delhi: DDCA secretary found guilty of indiscipline, misconduct The courtroom declined to go any order on a plea searching for to restrain ombudsman Justice (retired) Deepak Verma from exercising his authority within the Delhi cricket board’s affairs. (Representational Photo/BCCI)

The Delhi High Court has determined to not go any interim order to both take away the DDCA ombudsman or curtail his authority concerning affairs of the state cricket unit or its members.

Hearing two functions filed by Sanjay Bhardwaj and the Delhi and District Cricket Association, Justice Asha Menon declined to go any order on a plea searching for to restrain ombudsman Justice (retired) Deepak Verma from exercising his authority. The courtroom additionally didn’t take care of the appliance searching for route “for removal/replacement of the current Ombudsman”.

“As objections to the capacity of the applicant to move an application on behalf of the DDCA have been raised and it has not been possible to hear all the counsel for the parties on the said aspect, it is considered appropriate to grant an opportunity to all parties to file their responses to both the applications,” the order says.

“Let responses to the applications be filed through email by the non-applicants within a period of two weeks with advance copy to the counsel for the applicants, who may file rejoinders thereto, within one week thereafter with copies to the respective counsel for the non-applicants through their respective emails,” the May 1 order reads.

During listening to of the matter earlier than Justice Menon, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal submitted that as DDCA normal secretary Vinod Tihara is presently in jail, the March 13 order handed by the High Court requires modification, as he’s not ready to signal any cheques.

However, the courtroom noticed that in line with the March 13 order, “alternative S N Sharma has also been authorised to sign the cheques, no further directions need to be issued at this juncture.”

The March 13 order reads, “It is agreed between the parties that till the next date of hearing, DDCA be permitted to make payments apropos statutory liabilities, salaries of its employees, defray expenses for urgent needs such as travel and hotel expenses of the DDCA cricket team, selectors, coaches and support staff.”

Reform route

Meanwhile, the courtroom additionally directed that the e-mail despatched to the Registrar General of the High Court by DDCA Ombudsman Justice Verma be additionally positioned on report.

Justice Verma has written to the courtroom asking 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 courtroom.

In his letter to the High Court, the ombudsman has stated 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.

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In March, Justice Verma ordered a forensic audit of the DDCA for the previous 5 years, together with steadiness sheets and all memorandum of understanding paperwork which have been signed, however acknowledged that the settlement with MSL Jangid JV needed to be scrunitised first.

The ombudsman has additionally issued directions to cease the fee of Rs 34 lakh to the contractor as related paperwork weren’t produced, together with a duplicate of the unique settlement signed on December 10, 2019.

Two members of the Apex Council, one in every of whom is a part of the infrastructure committee of the DDCA, had written to the ombudsman alleging fraud within the settlement with the contractor.

© The Indian Express (P) Ltd

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