BCCI Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain has found the daughter of former Council President N Srinivasan and Rupa Gurunath President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) guilty of “Conflicts of Interest” in an order issued on Thursday. Rupa, the first woman in a BCCI-affiliated unit, is the full director of India Cements Limited (ICL). The ICL has been blamed for the indirect conflict of interest over its close ties with Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited (CSKCL). The 13-page order says the CSKCL is part of the ICL “umbrella”. CSKCL owns the Chennai Super Kings IPL franchise.
The TNCA can sue the petition, a copy of which is attached to the PTI, in a court of law. The indictment was filed by a Sanjeev Gupta from Indo, a lifelong member of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA).
In the order, Jain wrote: “All these facts show that the network circuit of entities including CSKCL has been created under the umbrella of ICL. The management and direction of these entities is directly or indirectly in the ICL Committee. However, the defense argued that ICL has no stake in CSKCL.”
“In the real facts given, it can be safely concluded that the respondent (Ms Gurunath), as full-time director and promoter of ICL, has a close relationship with IC Shareholders’ Trustees and CSKCL Directors with Franchise. Agreement with BCCI. 38. 1) i) ways of recognizing conflicts of interest is one, “the order was categorical.
Rule 38 (1) (i) of the BCCI Constitution ‘Conflicts of interest – direct or indirect. “It is a direct or indirect interest: when the BCCI, a member, the IPL or the franchisee enter into contractual agreements with interested persons or their relatives, partners or associates.
“It includes cases in which family members, partners, or close associates may jeopardize or be seen to be at risk of individual participation, performance, or performance of duties.” Jain saw in his order that Rupa’s case is a case of “indirect” conflict of interest, if not “correct”, since the CSKCL entered into a franchise agreement with BCCI.
At the end of the 21-point order, Jain wrote that “for all of the above reasons, the Ethics Officer is concerned that the dispute in the dispute is directed against the defendant.
“In reaching this conclusion, the BCCI shall take the necessary measures in accordance with the law, in the case of the Respondent, to ensure proper compliance with Rule 38 (2) of the Rules.”
It should be noted that Rule 38 (2) of the BCCI Constitution relates to failure to disclose.
“…. Failure to provide full disclosure or complete revocation would result in the individual being open to disciplinary action, which may result in interruption or removal without benefit.
“It is clear that the statement does not in fact assume that a questionable situation exists, but only for information and transparency.”
This order may be one of the last given by God, as the contract expires this week on June 7, unless the BCCI decides to renew it. It will be interesting to see what the attitude of the BCCI would be and whether it will ask Rupari to resign from the chair of the TNCA president.
It also has the discretion to allow the state body to appeal the order, both to a new Ethics Officer and to the courts.
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