BCCI secretary questions on new ACU chief appointment
By Sandy - Apr 1, 2018 8:17 pm
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SC appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has recently appointed Ajit Singh Shekhawat, the former Director General of Police’s (Rajasthan), as the head of Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) interim secretary Amitabh Choudhary has raised some questions on the new ACU head appointment.

Ajit Singh Shekhawat

Ajit Singh Shekhawat has suddenly replaced Neeraj Kumar as the head of Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). However, Neeraj will assist him until IPL 2018 for the smooth transition. Amitabh Choudhary sent an email to CoA regarding this where he claimed that the appointment may be considered invalid.

Neeraj Kumar

In that email, Choudhary mentioned, “I am afraid this appointment will not be considered valid until approved by the General Body.”

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BCCI secretary claimed that he didn’t sign the new BCCI’s ACU head appointment contract letter. According to the news, CoA waited for secretary’s sign to Ajit Sing’s appointment letter but he refused to sign on it.

According to the news, CoA can clear any appointment letter if secretary failed to clear that within five working days.

CoA replied to Choudhary’s email by writing in their mail, “In light of the aforesaid, the Committee of Administrators is of the view that you have failed to sign the offer letter to be executed between BCCI and Ajit Singh for the position of Head-Anti Corruption Unit and, in terms of Paragraph 6 of the directions dated 15th March 2018 issued by the Committee of Administrators, hereby directs that the said offer letter shall be signed by the CEO on behalf of the BCCI.”

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Talking about his refusal to signing the appointment letter, Choudhary told PTI, “I must at the very outset express my gratitude for being relieved from the burden of authorising an appointment which is not supported by law. In this connection, it is my view that the CEO’s email did not even remotely address the concerns which relate to the process and source of power which had been invoked while taking a decision in the instant matter.

Amitabh Choudhary

“It is clear the power and authority to make appointments for and on behalf of BCCI can only be traced to the extant Rules and Regulations of the Board which are still applicable till the proposed constitution pending consideration before the Honourable Supreme Court of India is adjudicated.”