BCCI's Electoral Officer N Gopalswamy has summoned several top officials from seven state associations over the next four days starting IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla for hearing on Wednesday on several complaints and charges of non-compliance and violations. Some serious allegations of corruption, 'conflict of interest', holding multiple posts, exceeding 9-year tenure and non-resident of the state clauses were raised against him that may throw him out from the race for the BCCI's top post.
The main charge against Shukla is that he is a non-resident of UP and serving a cooling period that disqualifies him to represent UPCA. Similarly, six other state associations have been also told to explain and their representative to depose before him. The associations are -- Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, and Karnataka.
Meanwhile, DDCA secretary Vinod Tihara has written to the electoral officer saying:
"I am in receipt of your email and acknowledge the same. I have been advised that you have:-
"A. Received a response from the DDCA president to our complaint and objections to his seeking to represent the association in the forthcoming Annual General Body. However, a copy of the same has not been supplied to me. Kindly provide the copy immediately.
"B. That you have fixed hearing on objections filed by various persons against other nominations. It seems there is a hearing qua the objections against Rajiv Shukla which is fixed for tomorrow noon at 12.30. However, no time or date has been fixed for personal hearing on complaints and objections filed by me.
"Please note that we beseech you to kindly grant us a formal hearing before making any decision on my complaint and objections. It would be against the principle of natural justice and fair play if any decision is taken on basis of the reply filed either by Rajat Sharma or anyone claiming to represent DDCA, without either supplying copy of the same to us and without giving any opportunity of the oral hearing to me. 'Please further note that the Ld. Amicus appointed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court has advised that he is not involved in any manner with the process of Election and has not considered or given any opinion on the objections raised by any person against any officer of any Association of BCCI."The copy of this email is also marked to COA and the Ld. Amicus for there kind perusal."