Mumbai-based activist Niraj Gunde has filed an official complaint of ‘conflict of interest’ against BCCI secetary Anurag Thakur and national selector Vikram Rathour with ombudsman Justice (retd.) AP Shah. “Mr. Anurag Thakur, who is also President of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, has business connections with Mr. Vikram Rathour, a member of the Senior Selection Committee of the BCCI for the last three years,” Gunde writes in his letter dated January 28th.
The relationship between my family and Vikram’s family goes back to the previous generation. The relationship is more than 40-years-old and it has nothing to do with cricket. People with (ulterior) motives are filing these mischievous complaints just because they have got a platform.
“Mr. Rathour was appointed in the Senior Selection Committee when Mr. Thakur was the Joint Secretary of the BCCI. And (he was) reappointed in November 2015 when Mr. Thakur was the Honorary Secretary of BCCI. It is found that Mr. Rathour &/or his family members and Mr. Thakur &/or his family members are directors in various companies,” he added.
Gunde has also attached the details of the various companies. Sportstar is in possession of all the documents. The documents reveal that Rathour’s kin, Raj Kumar Rathour, is a director of Sant Online Systems Private Limited since April 16, 2001. Thakur is managing director of the said company since November 10, 2000.
TGR Industries Private Limited is another company whose ownership details Gunde has cited in his complaint. Rathour is a director of this company since October 29, 2011. Thakur is a former director of this company. “It is clear that both these administrators are connected through business commercial relationship that either of them failed to disclose. It is a clear case of conflict of interest,” Gunde writes.
Thakur and Rathour are cousins. When contacted, Anurag Thakur said, “The relationship between my family and Vikram’s family goes back to the previous generation. The relationship is more than 40-years-old and it has nothing to do with cricket. People with (ulterior) motives are filing these mischievous complaints just because they have got a platform.”
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