DDCA’s deal under scanner as ombudsman orders forensic audit
Written by Nihal Koshie
| New Delhi |

Published: April 22, 2020 1:00:39 am


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The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) ombudsman has ordered a forensic audit of an settlement between the state unit and a contractor for modernisation of the restaurant, bar, members’ lounge, and cricket library.

Ombudsman Justice (retired) Deepak Verma took the choice when he acquired no response from Apex Council members after he requested them to submit all paperwork associated to MSL Jangid JV, the contractor. The worth of the work awarded was Rs 6.25 crore.

The ombudsman has additionally issued directions to cease the cost of Rs 34 lakh to the contractor as related paperwork weren’t produced, together with a duplicate of the unique settlement signed on December 10, 2019.

Two members of the Apex Council, certainly one of whom is a part of the infrastructure committee of the DDCA, had written to the ombudsman alleging fraud within the settlement with the contractor.

Last month, Justice Verma ordered a forensic audit of the DDCA for the previous 5 years, together with steadiness sheets and all memorandum of understanding paperwork which have been signed however said that the settlement with MSL Jangid JV needed to be scrunitised first.

“I would like to point out that since the complaints were primarily made against the agreement (between DDCA and MSL Jangid JV), it would be proper to conduct the forensic audit in relation to the said agreement first, followed by detailed and comprehensive audit of the entire DDCA. Forensic audit with respect to agreement with MSL Jangid JV shall be completed expeditiously and preferably within two to four weeks from the date of this order,” Justice Verma wrote in an order issued final month.

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Sanjay Bhardwaj, a member of the finance and infrastructure committee, was one of many complainants.

Bhardwaj’s says his eyebrows had been raised when he visited the registered deal with submitted by the contractor.

“The address mentioned in the agreement is 540, Street 10, Sardarpur Colony, Sector 45, Noida. I went myself to check if any company operated from this address. There was no such company. The building number mentioned is 540 but there is no building number beyond 480. The DDCA has got into an agreement with a company whose address is false. It is a slum area and no company address of Jangid JV was found. I wrote to the ombudsman because there seemed to be something fraudulent,” Bhardwaj, who can also be a director (cricket), mentioned.

He additionally claimed to have video recordings of his go to to Sardarpur Colony and conversations with individuals within the space.

DDCA standing counsel Gautam Dutta was appointed by the ombudsman as the person-in-charge to help the auditor and to ‘ensure all compliance’.

“There is a complaint by two directors of the company, one is the joint secretary and one is the cricket director, who himself is part of the infrastructure committee. If these people are saying that there is something fishy in the agreement then the entire Apex Council, the entire administrative staff of the DDCA must dig out all documents and unearth whatever is there in the infrastructure fiasco. Every time corruption charges are levelled, they are swept under the carpet in the DDCA. The ombudsman, in this case, has taken swift action and it is our duty to support him and assist him. It is in the interest of DDCA,” Dutta mentioned.

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This is just not the primary time that DDCA has been under the scanner for connections with alleged shell firms. An inner fact-finding report in 2015 discovered not less than three firms that had obtained funds from the DDCA for work on the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium having the identical registered workplace, identical particular person administrators and shared electronic mail IDs. Visits to the registered addresses of those firms by The Indian Express shortly after the fact-finding report was launched confirmed that they didn’t perform from the situation talked about.

At the deal with talked about of a advertising firm, an IT firm and a buying and selling firm – all of whom obtained funds from the DDCA – had been a ghee store, a dispensary and a garment store.

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