Kirti Azad welcomes move to initiate fresh audit at DDCA

"I have authentic documents to prove the mismanagement that was going on in DDCA over an extended period of time," says the former India cricketer.

A file picture of Kirti Azad.   -  V. Sudershan

Former India all-rounder and Member of Parliament Kirti Azad has welcomed the move to initiate fresh audit process at the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

The DDCA Administrator, Justice Vikramajit Sen, has invited proposals from “qualified auditors” to do a detailed audit, including forensic examination of accounts over the last several years.

“I had started the demand for a thorough probe soon after it was clear that massive fraud and loot was taking place in DDCA, while young cricketers were being made to pay money to even play for clubs/ state. Instead of answering my queries, DDCA went on supporting all nefarious activities, secure in the knowledge that the auditor would continue to window dress accounts and would not allow any proof of wrongdoing to come out,” Azad has claimed in a mail to Justice Sen.

Azad added: “The CBI and Delhi Police have been sitting tight over the massive proof that I have supplied to them about the irregularities and fraud that took place regularly in DDCA. Several office-bearers who signed on the Balance Sheets should be held equally responsible for passing these sham accounts year after year.”

Pointing out that he had “submitted proof of fake companies, fake work, fake bills/ invoice”, Azad said: “No one quite knows who has filed the last three years’ Balance Sheets on ROC website when no AGM has been held. It is obvious that this has been done to circumvent an independent and credible audit under your charge.”

In a glaring example, Azad noted, “there have been companies which have been promoted by DDCA employees/ office-bearers. Two companies, Kaushnik Fab and Kaushnik Buildcast, have suddenly disappeared from existence. They were seemingly promoted by a DDCA employee. Not surprisingly, most of the companies did not even exist and were yet paid large sums for doing no work. In fact, hundreds of labourers/ officers were shown to have worked in IPL matches, when no passes were made for their entry.”

Azad concluded: “I shall be only too happy to appear in front of the appointed auditors and will lead evidence of malfeasance in DDCA. Since I was able to collect documents through RTIs, I have authentic documents to prove the mismanagement that was going on in DDCA over an extended period of time.”

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