BCCI appoints former Delhi HC Chief Justice AP Shah its ombudsman

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday officially announced the appointment of Ajit Prakash Shah, a former Chief Justice of the Delhi and Madras High Courts, as ombudsman.

The BCCI also said that retired Justice AP Shah could be contacted at this e-mail: ombudsman@bcci.tv

BCCI president Shashank Manohar has already said the people who have complaints against anyone can approach the BCCI ombudsman.

For example, while speaking on Sourav Ganguly’s potential conflict of interest role in the BCCI, Manohar had said on December 8 that he has an opinion, and that is that Ganguly was not in a conflict of interest zone. But, he said, if anyone doesn’t agree with his opinion, he could approach the BCCI ombudsman.

Ganguly is a member of IPL governing council and co-owner of Indian Super League football team Atletico de Kolkata. On Dec 8, one of the owners of Atletico de Kolkata, Sanjiv Goenka, won a bid for the Pune IPL franchise for next two years.

When asked if the presence of Ganguly qualified as a conflict of interest case, Manohar said he was not.

“According to me it does not because this was a transparent bidding process and these two teams were different,” Manohar said.

 

“In the present case, the bid has been given by New Rising. It was a close bid, which was submitted at the bidding process. Sourav Ganguly had nothing to do. So, I don’t see any conflict,” he said. “And as I said, even now if somebody has an objection now, we have decided an ombudsman who would decide the issue. Whether I say that it is a conflict or it’s not a conflict it’s not going to decide it.”

 

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