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Delhi Police asks DDCA director Sanjay Bharadwaj to end hunger strike outside Kotla

DDCA director Sanjay Bharadwaj said that following the protocol, he had sent in a plea to inform the police of a peaceful protest outside Kotla. But on Friday morning he got a letter from the police that he needed to stop his strike.

cricket Updated: Aug 24, 2018 18:04 IST
Baidurjo Bhose
Baidurjo Bhose
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A file photo of the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium.(Getty Images)

The Delhi and District Cricket Association’s (DDCA) director Sanjay Bharadwaj had begun an indefinite hunger strike outside the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium on Thursday afternoon as a mark of protest against the manner in which the association is being run under the new dispensation. But Delhi Police on Friday morning requested Bharadwaj to stop the hunger strike.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Bharadwaj said that following the protocol, he had sent in a plea to inform the police of a peaceful protest that is being planned. But on Friday morning he got a letter from the police that he needs to stop his strike and move from the area.

“I had followed the protocol and informed Delhi Police of my plan to protest peacefully against what I feel is wrong. Today I get a letter which says I cannot go ahead with the strike and must move. My only question is whether I have done anything unruly or unlawful? Isn’t it my right to protest peacefully against something that I believe is against the rules and regulations that have been passed by the Supreme Court in its judgement on August 9? I told them that it is a peaceful strike and I wasn’t trying to create any ruckus and the officials went away,” he said.

Bharadwaj, a former first-class cricketer from Delhi, had earlier also complained to the ombudsman — Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed — on this issue. But he said that he didn’t get any reply on the matter.

The director feels that with state associations being asked by the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators to replicate the new constitution that has been registered by the BCCI this week, some of the appointments made at the DDCA are against the rules and should be corrected.

First Published: Aug 24, 2018 17:39 IST