Delhi government-appointed Chetan Sanghi panel recommended suspension of DDCA

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Who: Delhi government-appointed Chetan Sanghi panel
What: Submitted its report and recommended suspension of DDCA
When: 17 November 2015

Delhi Government appointed Inquiry panel on 17 November 2015 submitted its report and recommended immediate suspension of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

The three-member committee headed by Chetan Sanghi Principal Secretary of Vigilance Department was constituted to probe alleged financial irregularities in DDCA after the Chief Minister’s office received serious complaints about its functioning.

Other suggestions of the committee
• It suggested that the BCCI should suspend DDCA as per the Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of the BCCI, Regulation 32 (vii) and streamline the administration of DDCA.
• The committee gave suggestions for revamping the DDCA to promote cricket in the national capital.
• It suggested an interim committee of professional cricketers should manage affairs of the game in the capital.
• It said that the government should appoint a Commission of Inquiry under the Commission of Enquiries Act 1952 to probe affairs of the cricket administrator.
• The committee observed that the DDCA is directly or indirectly funded by the government and it should be brought under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. Thus, it recommended that the office bearers of DDCA are subject to the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
• It said that the Delhi government should legislate on various sports including cricket in Delhi to prevent “sports fraud” and ensure transparency in selections of players and elections to various bodies.

The report came amid continuing uncertainty over the venue for the fourth and final Test between India and South Africa with Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) seeking a one-day extension of the deadline set by BCCI for obtaining all clearances by the state association.