West Bengal Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty on Monday asserted former Indian cricket board chief Jagmohan Dalmiya had not leaked an e-mail that led to the ultimate downfall of former captain Sourav Ganguly.
A day after dubbing Ganguly an opportunist who switched camps, the Bengal minister defended Dalmiya in the state assembly lobby maintaining: "I can say with full responsibility that the person he (Sourav) has made the allegation against did not leak the mail."
"Sourav's allegations are not true," he said of the e-mail from coach Greg Chappell that questioned Ganguly's form and temperament.
Adding a twist to the ongoing Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) election drama, Ganguly on Friday pointed an oblique finger at Dalmiya for the Chappell e-mail leak while openly supporting Dalmiya's rival in the CAB polls.
"People who leak e-mails and sacrifice players' careers should be heavily punished," Ganguly, who is now in England playing county cricket for Northamptonshire, wrote in an e-mail to a relative which was released by his brother Snehasish Ganguly and Dalmiya's challenger Prasun Mukherjee.
"There are people in CAB who are playing with players' careers. They should not be left scot-free as players need years to reach a certain level," Ganguly said, indirectly attacking Dalmiya and holding him responsible for his present sorry state.
Earlier, Subhas Chakraborty launched a strong pro-Dalmiya campaign saying: "Sourav Ganguly no longer needs Jagmohan Dalmiya. He has got someone else to go ahead and so he has passed these comments against him."
Chakraborty's utterances are also meat to settle his political scores with the chief minister within the party. The chief minister backs Prasun Mukherjee in the CAB polls and had asked the sports minister to persuade Dalmiya to step aside from the CAB election.