The Delhi and District Cricket Association will have its first Annual General Meeting in 17 months ever since the Rajat Sharma led panel came to power on July 2 last year. Approval of the accounts for the financial year 2019-19 is one of the main items on the agenda for the meeting, which was to called mandatorily between December 26 and 31 following DDCA ombudsman Justice (Retd) Badar Durrez Ahmed’s orders.
The DDCA accounts for the last financial years should have been approved by the AGM before July this year. The Ombudsman on November 29 had ordered to complete the audit of the accounts within ten days.
The audited accounts since have been passed by the Apex Council and will be put up for approval at the AGM. “We wanted to complete the election process as soon as possible. It takes some time and we were bound by the Hon’ble Ombudsman’s orders to call the AGM latest by December 31. That made it practically impossible to conduct the (president’s) election at this AGM,” DDCA secretary Vinod Tihara told InsideSport.co. “Apex Council will meet soon after the AGM to decide on the date of a special general body for the elections.”
The election process would have required a minimum of 21 days after the service of notices. The DDCA Apex Council was not ready to risk any disobedience of the Ombudsman’s orders to call the AGM before December 31.
According to Outlook, five directors owing allegiance to Rajat Sharma have written to two banks to seal the DDCA accounts. The reasons for this strange request are not known yet. The five directors also included DDCA treasurer Om Prakash Sharma, who is also a sitting BJP MLA in the Delhi Assembly and technically does not qualify for the post as the revised BCCI constitution.
Meanwhile, the Ombudsman will today hear will hear various matters today (Wednesday), including Tihara’s suspension on November 2 by the Apex Council. The suspension order, however, was later revoked by the council itself.