On 21 June, the Delhi and District Cricket Association’s (DDCA) executive committee—that manages the daily affairs of the association, comprising SP Bansal, CK Khanna and Chetan Chauhan as its vice-president, passed a resolution rejecting the report of the internal fact-finding committee of the association, which had raised multiple allegations of financial irregularities against the cricketing body.
The fact-finding committee report released on 29 December 2014, held that Bansal, the president of DDCA, and its general secretary Anil Khanna had siphoned off Rs 1.5 crore from the DDCA coffers in a “gross violation of settled practice.” Another report, filed on 19 September by a committee constituted by the Delhi government, echoed the findings. Additionally, as per the resolution, allegations against Bansal of irregularities in the sale of IPL tickets have also been “dropped in toto”—in whole.
With the new resolution, the DDCA has, in one clean swoop, invalidated the fact-finding committee’s report and given a clean chit to its president and general secretary. The DDCA has been mired in issues of fiscal and procedural mismanagement for over three decades now and seems disinclined to get its affairs in order.
A large part of this alleged mismanagement came under the nearly 14-year presidential tenure of the current finance minister Arun Jaitley. He joined the DDCA in 1997, and in 1999, took over as the president. Veteran cricketers such as Kiran Azad and Bishan Singh Bedi—both members of DDCA—had initially, hoped that he would sort out the mess within the DDCA. Their hopes were in vain—Jaitley did little to improve the association’s corporate governance.
In fact, now that the Supreme Court is taking up the mantle of cleaning up the dirt within the national cricketing board and its state units, Jaitley has made all attempts possible to distance himself from his former post of leadership in the controversial state association. He recently said that he was a non-executive chairman before the Serious Fraud Investigation Office, and hence uninvolved with the daily affairs of the DDCA—a claim that has found few takers. The Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has often called Jaitley out for his alleged role in the scam. In turn, the finance minister hit back with civil and criminal defamation suits.