International audit firm Deloitte’s report on state cricket associations has highlighted massive corruption in them. It has found the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) and Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) have misused huge sums from BCCI grants.
In a shocking revelation, it has found the GCA even paid huge allowances to its members for watching IPL matches!
Following the report, GCA gave an undertaking to the Indian Board in November that it won’t fritter away resources in such a manner. The seven-page undertaking signed by all the top 12 GCA officials suggests there was no financial mechanism to check the plunder in the association.
The undertaking indicates vendors were paid in cash and only handwritten receipts were taken. In one case, GCA purchased an LED video display board for Rs 1.64 crore, but put that down as miscellaneous expense.
GCA also bought 18 vehicles, and two chassis, which were given for bus body-building. The unit promised the vehicles would be disposed off in three months by inviting tenders.
In July 2016, GCA president Chetan Desai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla were arrested by the special investigation team of the Goa Police for allegedly misappropriating Rs 3 crore of the association’s funds.
The undertaking to the BCCI by the Hyderabad unit indicates there were no accurate details of travel by its officials and payments made to its vendors. But HCA has pledged to enter into formal agreements with the travel vendors in future and put in place guidelines for travel and payment of daily allowances.
Last month, during the hearing on implementing Justice RM Lodha Committee report, the Supreme Court was informed of the Deloitte report, running into 4,800 pages.
In October 2016, the Lodha panel had directed the BCCI to furnish the Deloitte reports. The BCCI had hired Deloitte under its ‘project transformation’ in November 2015 while under pressure to change its opaque functioning.
The BCCI now releases grants only after state units submit annual returns.
Some other state associations too are facing corruption charges with various agencies probing fraud involving millions of rupees, but no FIR has been registered.
However, cases have been registered against some Jammu and Kashmir association officials under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), and 406 and 409 (criminal breach of trust) over a financial case.