Despite A Damning External Audit Report, The Reform of the DDCA Is A Long Way Away

26 October 2017
Among others, the former cricketers Kirti Azad (left) and Bishan Singh Bedi have publicly called for those responsible for financial irregularities within the Delhi & District Cricket Association to be held accountable, but to little avail.
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This is the final 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 second story, which details the findings of the audit report—these include embezzlement, fraud and gross mismanagement—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, including alleged embezzlement, fraud and financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 14 crore. In my second report on the audit, I detailed these findings, which include embezzlement of nearly Rs 283 lakh in the purchase of tickets for cricket matches, as well as seemingly unscrupulous ex-gratia payments of over Rs 45 lakh to select employees.

In its findings, the audit report noted that the DDCA’s operations had violated the Companies Act of 1956, as well as its own memorandum of association. The report explicitly names various DDCA officials, such as SP Bansal and Anil Khanna, a former president and former general secretary respectively, as having been involved in the financial malfeasance. Various irregularities listed in the report appear to have taken place during the tenure of Arun Jaitley—the finance minister, who headed the cricketing body between 1999 and 2013, but was not named in the audit report.

The audit adds to a growing list of reports that have pointed out staggering corruption and mismanagement within the state-level cricketing body. Earlier reports included an examination by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, which was completed in 2013; an internal fact-finding mission, the report of which was released in December 2014; an enquiry conducted by a committee constituted by the Delhi government, which submitted its report in November 2015; and an investigation conducted by a court-appointed observer, the retired justice Mukul Mudgal, who submitted his report in October 2015. Each of these enquiries found instances of gross mismanagement in the DDCA’s functioning, and revealed scores of financial and procedural discrepancies. “This sort of scrutiny would be enough for any body to sort itself out,” Kaushal Shroff wrote in a June 2016 piece for this publication, “but the DDCA has done little in the way of course correction.”

Sagar is a staff writer at The Caravan.

Keywords: Arun Jaitley DDCA Kiri Azad financial mismanagement corporate affairs Bishan Singh Bedi embezzlement
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