This is the second part of a series on an external audit report that examines the books of the Delhi & District Cricket Association, between the years 2012 and 2015. The first part, on the report’s failure to mention Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, formerly the president of the DDCA, is here. The final part of the series, which discusses why, despite the audit’s findings and court orders, reform within the DDCA is a long way away, is here.
On 10 October, the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) submitted a special audit report of its accounts before the Delhi High Court. In January, the high court appointed the retired Supreme Court justice Vikramjit Sen as the administrator of the state-level cricketing body, and directed him to appoint an external auditor to examine association’s accounts. Sen engaged the firm GS Mathur & Company to audit the DDCA’s books for the financial years between 2012 and 2015.
The firm found numerous instances of financial and procedural malfeasance in the cricketing body’s functioning. The audit report explicitly names members of the DDCA’s executive body as being involved in these irregularities—prominent among these are SP Bansal and Anil Khanna. A former president and a former general secretary respectively, Bansal and Khanna were suspended from the DDCA in January 2015 on allegations of financial misconduct. In the first part of the series on the findings of this audit, I noted that the name of the finance minister, Arun Jaitley—who directly headed the DDCA for over half the time period between 2012 and 2015—was conspicuous by its absence from the report.