BCCI Ombudsman to look into issues

The BCCI ombudsman, Justice A.P.Shah, empowered to deal with disputes regarding conflict of interest cases, will hold open hearing soon on five of the nine complaints, he has received so far.

Justice A. P. Shah, who is the current BCCI ombudsman.   -  PTI

The BCCI ombudsman, Justice A.P.Shah, empowered to deal with disputes regarding conflict of interest cases, will hold open hearing soon on five of the nine complaints, he has received so far. More significantly, he has decided to look into complaints about the National Cricket Club, Kolkata.

There is a possibility of the hearing taking place at the BCCI office here soon. Justice Shah is the former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court and is currently the chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India.

According to information gathered from Justice Shah’s secretariat, four cases were “frivolous’” and hence ignored. The other five pertains to the conflict of issues raised by former India player and MP, Kirti Azad (against Rahul Sanghvi and Vijay Dahiya), two complaints received from the Tripura Cricket Association and one from Karnataka against its Secretary, Brijesh Patel.

BCCI sources said that there is a case against Ashish Bhowmick, who is the member of the BCCI Pitch and Grounds committee, and also in the management body of the Tripura Cricket Association.

Sources in the BCCI Ombudsman’s secretariat revealed that there are serious issues with the functioning of the NCC (Kolkata) and that the Ombudsman has asked the BCCI to supply him with email ids of the NCC, its office bearers and K.P. Kajaria. Justice Shah is likely to call all parties for the hearing.

The Ombudsman’s office was first told by the BCCI that it cannot interfere in the internal affairs of the NCC and that legal recourse is the way out for the aggrieved party. The people challenging the alleged mismanagement of the NCC have responded to the point of view taken by the BCCI and conveyed the same to the Ombudsman. Now the Ombudsman has asked the BCCI to respond, by January 10, to the observations of the people who are at loggerheads with K.P. Kajaria and others.

The position now is that, the Ombudsman will go ahead with his decision to hear all parties to ascertain the alleged goings on at the NCC.The Ombudsman has also come to know that the aggrieved party has taken the matter to a court in Kolkata. In another development K.P. Kajaria (Hon. Secretary) NCC, has issued a notice that at the Club’s annual general meeting on December 31, 29 valid nominations have been received for the executive committee of the NCC.

Among them are Sourav Ganguly, who is the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, Deepdas Gupta (former India cricketer), Ushanath Banerjee (BCCI’s legal counsel), Avishek Dalmiya (Hon. Jt, Secretary, CAB), Subir Ganguly (Hon. Jt, Secretary, CAB), Biswarup Dey (Hon. Treasurer, CAB), Baishali Dalmiya, Koeli Dalmiya, Pawan Kumar Bhaotia, Boria Majumdar and Vivek Dalmiya.