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Another conflict of interest controversy hits IPL

Organisers of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) may once again find themselves answering questions on conflict of interest.

Neeraj Kumar, who was recently appointed as the chief advisor of Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), has his daughter Ankita working with business entities promoted by IPL governing council chairman Rajeev Shukla’s wife Anurradha Prasad.

Ankita, a screenplay writer by profession, is listed as a director in E24 Glamour Limited in the Registrars of Companies (ROC) filed by the company for the financial year ending March 31, 2014. Her name was also recorded in the ROC as a director till 2013 in two other companies – Skyline Radio Network Limited and News24 Broadcast India Limited. These companies are promoted by Anurradha.

However, the report suggest that according to both Shukla and Kumar, Ankita had resigned from all positions, and the former Delhi Police commissioner blamed an oversight for linking his daughter’s name and said that he would take up the matter to avoid further complications.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed Neeraj Kumar, former Delhi Police commissioner, as the chief advisor of ACSU on Monday, while Shukla has returned as the chairman of the IPL governing council this April after nearly two years.

In an infamous conflict of interest case, the Supreme Court had to step in to block former BCCI president N Srinivasan from contesting board elections as the Tamil Nadu strongman also enjoyed sizeable control in the IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings.

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