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Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly’s “multiple roles” in the administration are coming in under scanner. BCCI Ombudsman received a complaint from Mr. Niraj Gunde about ‘conflict of interest’ allegations against Ganguly.
“The Office of the Ombudsman has received an application from Mr. Niraj Gunde (cc-ed) on 13.01.2016, making certain allegations regarding conflict of interest against Mr Sourav Ganguly, the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal and a member of the IPL Governing Council. A copy of the application, numbered Application No.1 of 2016, is attached,” quotes ombudsman’s mail accessed by The Indian Express.
The CI appointed Ombudsman, Former Justice AP Shah has given the BCCI appointed Ombudsman Manohar Shetty two weeks time (until January 27) to respond the allegation against Ganguly.
The complaint comes on the basis of recently Lodha committee’s report on the ‘conflict of interest’. The report was, “C is a member of the IPL governing council. The IPL enters into a contract with a new franchise, the managing director of which is C’s partner in an independent commercial venture. C is hit by indirect conflict of interest,”
In the complaint, Gunde refers to the Ganguly as an ‘Administrator who is currently the President of Cricket Association of Bengal and also a member of the IPL governing council.’
Gunde added, “Atletico de Kolkata (commonly abbreviated as ATK) is an Indian Super League football franchise based in Kolkata. The team is owned by Kolkata Games & Sports Pvt. Ltd., which consists of Sourav Ganguly, Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid, alongside businessmen Harshvardhan Neotia, Sanjiv Goenka and Utsav Parekh. This means the RPG group are partners with Mr. Sourav Ganguly in another commercial venture.”
BCCI president Shashank Manohar showed his support for Ganguly. Manohar said, “As far as I understand, Sourav Ganguly has no Conflict of Interest. If he would have been involved with any team (IPL), then it would have been a different case. But I think a lot of people are not understanding what Conflict of Interest means.”
But according to Gunde, it was the direct conflict against Ganguly. Gunde said, “If you look at the Lodha report, conflict of interest is the most damaging aspect and they have clearly classified its various forms. They cited both direct and indirect forms of the malaise, and how you are culpable regardless of which way you are involved. I hope the ombudsman takes this seriously.”