DDCA terms Kejriwal’s accusations “baseless”

Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) vice-president Chetan Chouhan on Wednesday termed as "baseless" allegations levelled by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal regarding one of the city’s cricket officials seeking sex for selecting players.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has alleged that sexual favours were sought for selecting players.   -  Sushil Kumar Verma

Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) vice-president Chetan Chouhan on Wednesday termed as “baseless” allegations levelled by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal regarding one of the city’s cricket officials seeking sex for selecting players.

“We have no information regarding the allegations put against us. Nobody has complained to us. If someone has to complain they are welcome to tell us and we will keep the information and the names confidential. Obviously, it is a very serious matter which has to be dealt with utmost seriousness,” Chouhan said at a press conference here.

“I completely understand the gravity of the matter. What I am wondering is why people are levelling these baseless charges against us without any proof,” the former India cricketer wondered.

In an interview to NDTV on Tuesday, Kejriwal, whose government has set up a Commission of Inquiry into alleged irregularities in the DDCA, said sexual favours were sought for selecting players.

“You will be surprised to know that a senior journalist phoned me and said that his son, who plays cricket, was selected,” Kejriwal said. “But his son’s name was not there in the list. And can you believe it... the next day his wife gets an SMS that said ‘come to my house and your son’s name will be there (in the list),” he said.

But Chouhan refuted the charge. He denied that money was paid to secure selection in various age-group squads.