Cricket controversy continues to haunt DDCA and this time Kejriwal is trying hard to open the Pandora’s Box. The game of cricket is suffering at the hands of bureaucrats and politicians and the trend will continue if unchecked for more time. BCCI president was making a strong statement and bent upon cleaning tarnished image of Indian cricket. A section of legal experts questioned the validity of appointment of the Commission of Inquiry by the Delhi government to probe the alleged irregularities in DDCA affairs. Thus the move smacked of “bias and political vendetta” rather than serving public interest with legal enforcement. After the Delhi government appointed the panel under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952, former Solicitor-General Gopal Subramaniam, who heads the Commission, has stated that its terms of reference had set out to obtain a level of fairness and objectivity in the inquiry. Former Delhi High Court Judge, Justice R.S. Sodhi revealed that the Delhi government was not empowered in the first place to order such a probe, as Delhi did not enjoy full statehood and the DDCA was a corporate entity registered under the Companies Act. The battle lines are clearly drawn to make the matter more complicated and confused in the cricketing circle.
by C.K. Ramanathan
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