Suspended DDCA secretary receives show-cause notice

Vinod Tihara has been given two weeks to respond to the complaints against by the newly-elected Executive Committee.

The former secretary has been given two weeks to respond to the complaints against by the newly-elected Executive Committee.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Acting on a complaint filed by the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) acting secretary Rajan Manchanda, the Ombudsman Justice (Retd.) Badar Durrez Ahmed has issued a show-cause notice to the suspended DDCA secretary Vinod Tihara.

The DDCA secretary, suspended following acts of “indiscipline,” has been given two weeks to respond to the complaints against by the newly-elected Executive Committee.

The DDCA EC, headed by president Rajat Sharma, had taken the action because it felt he was not allowing smooth functioning of the association. The complaint against him read, “He wants that he shall be consulted in all the matters of the DDCA and he requires unfettered powers. He said that he has made various commitments while seeking votes during the election and now has to fulfil the same.”

The secretary, said the complaint, had used unparliamentary and threatening language at the DDCA EC meeting on August 14. The members had termed his behaviour “unacceptable” and lodged a complaint with the Ombudsman.

‘Gross misconduct’

The DDCA EC was of the opinion that the “Secretary had prima facie indulged in anti-company activities, grave act of indiscipline and gross misconduct and has indulged in levelling false allegations against the Board itself.”

The EC complaint was backed by 11 of the 14 members. A prominent EC member claimed that efforts had been made to make Tihara see reason but the latter had reportedly rejected any discussion on the matter.