Delhi high court-appointed observer Justice Mukul Mudgal gave a scathing report on the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association’s functioning during this year’s Indian Premier League with strong observations against a few senior office-bearers.
In his 27-page report on the DDCA’s functioning, Mudgal said, “Despite being formed in 1883, and granted affiliation in the year 1928, and even after having conducted many Tests and other international matches at the Ferozshah Kotla ground, any match assigned to DDCA, for reasons best known to the office-bearers of DDCA, is dependent on last-minute preparations and permissions.”
Mudgal’s most stinging observations came for current BCCI and DDCA vice-president CK Khanna. On Page 14 and 15 under Topic No V ‘Role of various functionaries of DDCA’ (sub-headers A to E), the former chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court gave his observations on Khanna.
“The most pernicious influence affecting DDCA’s administration is ever present Mr CK Khanna, who is vice-president of DDCA for several years and also happens to be vice-president of BCCI, though from Central Zone,” the report said. “He controls a large number of proxies and accordingly has a strong hold in DDCA. He excels in evading responsibility and claiming credit for an achievement by someone else.
“His paramount interests are peddling of complementaries to gain favours and satisfy proxy interest, and mounting dais repeatedly for presentations. He craves for every photo opportunity.”
Mudgal, who also probed the IPL spot-fixing scandal, pointed out a potential conflict of interest for Khanna.
“He has planted his relatives in various positions in DDCA, for example a) Anil Khanna (general secretary, first cousin) b) Ravi Khanna, patron (brother) c) Vivek Gupta, joint secretary (wife’s first cousin). This is a clear case of conflict of interest,” he noted. “Mr CK Khanna is one person whose latent actions along with his proxy controlled acolytes have brought down the reputation of DDCA... A restoration of erstwhile glory may not be possible with Mr CK Khanna controlling the affairs of DDCA.”
He stated that the internal audit of the association pointed out that there were pending bills of Rs 3.63 crore as on December 31, 2015.
“Internal audit has pointed out various deficiencies in maintenance of accounts, record keeping, systems and procedures, internal controls, information system and also payments made to various parties which are not in compliance with financial manual,” the report said.
Mudgal said the current state of DDCA required the scrutiny of the BCCI.
“It is advisable that the DDCA has a full-time CEO, who independently looks after administrative and financial aspects of DDCA to ensure continuity and smooth functioning of DDCA. BCCI, as a parent body, must ensure that DDCA is transparent in its functioning as it is a public body responsible for promoting cricket in Delhi,” he said.
“It is for the 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 situation in the interest of cricket so that Feroz Shah again becomes a venue which has international standards of upkeep,” he concluded.
The report also pointed to deficiencies in tendering, accounts and finance, administration, promotion of cricket and selection of players, ticketing and accreditation and suggested various measures to bring down these shortcomings.
The retired judge had also headed the Supreme Court-appointed panel to inquire into the allegations of corruption against former BCCI chief N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, India Cements, and others, in addition to charges of betting and spot-fixing in the 2013 IPL matches.