Some DDCA directors trying to scuttle cricket season: Delhi High Court

Some directors of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) are wilfully trying to “scuttle” the ongoing domestic season, Justice Mukul Mudgal on Thursday told Delhi High Court and sought urgent orders to the cricketing body to implement the directions he has issued since 22 August.

The retired Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, who was appointed by Delhi High Court to oversee DDCA’s functioning, alleged that some members had also used “inappropriate and intemperate language” against him in their emails to him.

In a report submitted before a bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Deepa Sharma, Justice (Retd) Mudgal has said “there has been a deliberate and wilful attempt to scuttle the domestic cricket season 2016-2017”.

He has said in the report that three members of DDCA — Subhash Sharma, Dinesh Sharma and Ravi Jain, have refused to sign the payment note authorising payments to coaches, managers and selectors.

“The payments of selectors, coaches and managers for the present domestic season and the expenses for the teams have been withheld despite clear and unequivocal directions by me to honour the agreements,” he has said and added that this would “adversely affect the domestic season of Delhi cricket and careers of several young cricketers.”

“The signatories have declined to sign the payment notes and the cheques prepared for payments subsequent to my approval, directly contravening not only court orders but affecting the domestic season of Delhi cricket by their obdurate and persistent disregard for directions issued by me on the facile ground of non-approval by the executive committee,” the report said.

It was placed before the bench on behalf of Mudgal by advocate Nitin Mishra, who requested the court to consider the report while delivering its verdict.

The court on 27 September had reserved its verdict in the matter which pertains to DDCA’s 2010 plea for an occupancy certificate from South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to hold matches at the Ferozshah Kotla stadium.

The High Court had constituted Justice Mudgal committee in the backdrop of alleged irregularities in the functioning of DDCA.

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