Updated: December 11, 2020 8:03:07 am
BCCI Justice (Retd) Ethics Officer DK Jain has served notice to the President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), Rupa Gurunath, of an alleged “conflict of interest.” The notification was made following a complaint by Sanjeev Gupta, a life member of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA). Gurunath has been given a December 24 deadline to submit his reply.
Rupa, the daughter of former BCCI president N Srinivasan, became the first woman to lead a state cricket association, when she was elected head of TNCA last year.
In his complaint, Gupta has alleged that Rupa, in addition to being the Chairman of TNCA, is also a director of India Cements Limited, the parent company that owns the IPL Chennai Super Kings team, “giving rise to an instance of conflict of interest.” Gupta cited different rules in the BCCI constitution to present her claim and demanded that “she must resign her position at once.” The BCCI constitution prohibits a person from holding more than one position on the cricket board or state association.
Taking notice of the complaint, Judge Jain has served a notice to Rupa in which he says: “Please note that the Ethics Officer of the Indian Cricket Control Board has received a complaint pursuant to Article 39 of the BCCI Rules and Regulations, with respect to certain acts, supposedly constituted as a ‘conflict of interest’ on their part “.
The notice added: “You can submit your written response to the attached Complaint, supported by a duly executed sworn statement, no later than the 24th December 2020, with the Office of the Ethics Officer, BCCI, Mumbai to continue with the proceedings on the matter. “
The notification, issued on December 8, mentioned that in the event that Rupa “does not respond” to the notification, the ethics officer “will be forced to proceed” in his absence, “without giving any further opportunity” to present a response. A copy of the notice was sent to the BCCI, requesting the parent entity to submit its response.
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