After e-mail salvo, Dalmiya questions loyalties

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:While the anti-Dalmiya camp created quite a sensation revealing an e-mail from Sourav Ganguly asking his brother not to allow the people in CAB spoiling players' careers to go scot free, the man of the hour himself--Jagmohan Dalmiya-- raised questions of loyalty and expressed doubts over the mail's status.

The anti-Dalmiya camp received a shot in the arm yesterday in the wake of a startling development as former Team India skipper Sourav Ganguly despatched an e-mail to his brother Snehasish Ganguly, categorically asking that the people behind leaking e-mails and finishing players' careers may not 'go scot free' and seeking strong action against them.

However, later in the evening incumbent CAB President Jagmohan Dalmiya answering a question regarding the e-mail shot by Sourav said,'' I didn't leak this e-mail. Ask it to those who leaked it? Besides, who is saying this mail is from Sourav Ganguly.'' When quizzed on the fact that the letter from Sourav actually pointed to the e-mail that was leaked before the last BCCI polls, he said, '' As far as I am concerned it was revealed by a scribe and he had owned it up. ''

Asked to react on this an emotional Mr Dalmiya said, ''Loyalties change with time. I am no longer the president of BCCI so loyalty is not required. As I have little to give now.'' Dalmiya has been known as a vociferous Sourav backer over the years.

Earlier in the evening, in a direct reference to the e-mail leak a day before the 74th BCCI AGM in which the contents of Greg Chappell's letter to the Board was flushed out, Sourav said in the e-mail to Snehashis Ganguly, his elder brother, '' People, who leak e-mail and sacrifice players' careers, should be heavily punished.

There are people in the CAB, toying with the players' careers to suit them. "They should not be allowed to go scot free as it takes years of hard work to reach a certain level in sports. Am happy that the Chief Minister and the people concerned are addressing the issue and working towards the right path, '' Sourav said in the e-mail.

City Police Commissioner and candidate for the CAB president's post Prasun Mukherjee read the e-mail in Sourav's elder brother Snehasish Ganguly's presence.

Reacting to the e-mail, Mr Mukherjee said it was obvious that Sourav was aggrieved and had written e-mail to his brother. ''It has nothing to do with proving whether he has supported us or not because we always knew he was supporting us,'' he stated.

The e-mail was just an expression of his feelings and emotions.

Snehasish said this was the first time that his younger brother had expressed in such strong and assertive word his frustrations at the way things were conducted at the CAB.

Snehasish also said he would declare it tomorrow only whether he was contesting or not.

Meanwhile, Mr Mukherjee said he would declare his entire panel tomorrow evening and hoped for a favourable result in the election.

Asked to comment on the city civil court reserving judgement on the appointment of an independent observer, he said it was only fair that there is an independent observer for the poll to bring in as much transparency as possible.

'' It is not fair that we go and submit our papers to the people, who would themselves be contesting the polls, '' he said.

Asked if at any point there was an effort to reach an understanding between him and Dalmiya, he said, '' There is no misunderstanding between us. This is an annual election and so there is nothing much to read into it.'' Asked to react to Dalmiya's filing of nomination yesterday, he said it was only expected that he would fight the poll and ''let us see what would happen.''

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