Delhi and District Cricket Association ombudsman Justice (Retired) Deepak Verma has ordered the disqualification of DDCA treasurer OP Sharma. The cricket governing body has also been advised to initiate the electoral proceedings to fill the posts of the treasurer and the president.
The removal from the office is ordered on the ground that Sharma is also an MLA in the Capital.
Invoking the clauses and case references which prohibit a minister or Government servant from holding an office in the DDCA, the ombudsman ordered that “it can be said without a doubt that a person cannot hold any position in DDCA if he/ she is a Minister or holds a public office. In the instant case, it is an admitted fact that Mr OP Sharma is presently an elected member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly.
“Therefore… Mr OP Sharma should be disqualified from holding the post of Treasurer in DDCA as he is disentitled to hold two offices simultaneously,” observed Justice (Retd) Jain in his orders today.
“It is hereby directed that Mr OP Sharma stands disqualified from being an office bearer of DDCA with immediate effect. He is, hereby, directed to vacate the office of Treasurer.”
The order was passed in the treasure’s absence. The ombudsman observed that “Mr OP Sharma is deliberately trying to delay the proceedings in one way or the other. His absence in one pretext or the other is not justified”.
The ombudsman has directed the DDCA to hold the election for the post of treasurer and president. The cricket governing body is further advised to appoint a former Election Commission of India member as the Electoral officer for the elections.
The president’s post has been lying vacant ever since veteran journalist Rajat Sharma had tendered his resignation in November last year.
The ombudsman will continue to hear the matter against the acting DDCA president Rakesh Bansal, who has been facing various complaints by several DDCA members. His removal is sought on the ground that a Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court in Delhi has issued notices in a criminal case against him.
The ombudsman has also directed the DDCA to furnish its bank account details for the past three months between November 2019 and January 2020.