The Delhi cricket association officials have come in for fresh criticism over their functioning with Justice Mukul Mudgal scathing in a report submitted to the high court.
The retired former high court chief justice, in his 27-page report to the Delhi high court, has recommended that the Indian cricket board should take over the running of the Delhi and District Cricket Association, which has stumbled from one controversy to another.
“It is for BCCI to decide whether to constitute a specialised ad hoc body or a committee to take over and manage the affairs of DDCA to improve the situation of the association,” Mudgal said in his report.
The court appointed Mudgal, who headed the probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, to oversee the conduct of the India-South Africa Test in December after various irregularities had raised doubts whether Ferozeshah Kotla will be allowed to stage the match. He also supervised the conduct of the World Twenty20 matches in March and the subsequent Indian Premier League matches at the venue.
Mudgal said: “BCCI as the parent body must ensure that DDCA is transparent in its functioning as it is a public body responsible for promoting cricket in the city of Delhi.”
The report also indicates irregularities in the selection of players.
“The current state of affairs in DDCA requires the scrutiny of BCCI. Several complaints were received regarding the selection process of players during my tenure at DDCA, which requires a thorough investigation by an independent person or body.
“It is advisable that DDCA has a full-time CEO who independently looks after the administration and financial aspects of DDCA to ensure continuity and smooth functioning of DDCA.”
The report is also critical of DDCA vice-president, CK Khanna.
“The most pernicious influence affecting DDCA’s administration is the ever-present Mr CK Khanna. He excels at evading responsibility and claiming credit for an achievement by someone else. His paramount interests are peddling of complimentaries to gain favours and satisfy his proxy interests. Mr Khanna has not the slightest interest in promotion of cricket in Delhi,” Mudgal said.
The report also said kits received from the BCCI to be distributed among the ground staff and other functionaries of DDCA were received by Khanna, but some were handed only part of the them and the rest diverted.
Subhash Sharma, a member of the Tender Committee and the Finance Committee, is described as ‘rude’ and ‘crude’ in the report.