Dravid deposes in conflict of interest matter

Dravid is currently the director of NCA and also the vice-president at the India Cements group, which owns IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.

Dravid took over the post of NCA director earlier this year. (FILE IMAGE)   -  K. Murali Kumar

Former India captain Rahul Dravid on Thursday deposed before BCCI ethics officer, Justice (Retired) D.K. Jain, in Mumbai to explain the conflict of interest allegations levelled against him.

The 46-year-old met the ethics officer and the discussion -- it has been learned -- went on for little more than an hour. After the meeting, Dravid did not take questions from the media.

Besides being the NCA director, Dravid is also the vice-president at the India Cements group, which owns the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.

The complaint against Dravid was lodged by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta, alleging that there is conflict in interest in Dravid’s role as NCA head and being an India Cements employee.

Dravid had already given a reply and defended himself saying he has taken leave of absence from employers India Cements and he has nothing to do with the Chennai Super Kings.

BCCI employee Mayank Parikh, also deposed before the ethics officer. Parikh, too, faces conflict of interest allegations. Despite being part of the operations team in the BCCI, Parikh is associated with multiple clubs, with voting rights, in the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). As per the BCCI constitution, no individual can hold more than one post at the same time.

Justice Jain is expected to give his verdict in a day or two.