HC apprised of BCCI~~s financial conduct

Published: Saturday, May 22, 2004, 0:17 [IST]
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New Delhi:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday informed the Delhi High Court that its officials were discussing the issue of financial control in the functioning of the apex cricket body in the country involving crores of public money.

This was informed by BCCI's counsel Gopal Subramanian to a Bench comprising Chief Justice B C Patel and Justice B D Ahmed during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) alleging various irregularities in the functioning of the cricket body.

"I have asked the BCCI joint secretary Ratnakar Shetty to provide information about the financial control of the Board," the senior advocate told the Bench.

Subramanian said the issue was discussed with Shetty, who was in New Delhi on Thursday and he asked more time to furnish further information.

Maintaining that the exercise will be taken once again with the BCCI official, the BCCI counsel sought adjournment of the hearing that was granted by the Bench.

During the hearing, BCCI informed the court that the administration of the game was not in the hands of few businessman or bureaucrat as hasbeen projected.

"One should not go by the names at the helm of the affairs. There are past and present players involved in the development of the game," the counsel said.

However, advocate Rahul Mehra, who has filed the PIL, said it was far from truth as people like Laloo Prasad Yadav and Sharad Pawar were top functionaries in their respective State Cricket Associations.

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