A complaint alleging conflict of interest has been filed against the newly-elected BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla by former Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) member Sanjeev Gupta. The conflict of interest issue, which has been a bone of contention for several top cricket administrators in the country, arises if an individual holds more than one post at the same time.
Recently, BCCI president and former India skipper Sourav Ganguly also faced the same problem. Talking about Rajeev Shukla, the complaint against him has been lodged with the BCCI’s Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain.
“A Complaint has been received by the Ethics Officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (for short “the BCCI”) from Mr. Sanjeev Gupta, under Rule 39(2)(b) of the Rules and Regulations of the BCCI, regarding certain acts, allegedly constituting as ‘conflict of interest’ against Mr. Rajeev Shukla,” the order read according to ANI.
“Before proceeding further on the Complaint, I deem it necessary to ascertain the standof the BCCI and the person complained against — Mr. Rajeev Shukla on the said Complaint,” added the statement.
Following the complaint, the BCCI and Shukla have been called upon to file their written response to the complaint within a period of two weeks from Thursday, before the ethics officer. Further orders in the matter shall be passed thereafter.
Talking about Gupta, he had earlier resigned from his MPCA membership after there were complaints regarding him violating the association’s code of conduct rules. Known for his ‘conflict of interest’ mails to BCCI, Gupta had last year levied allegations of conflict against current India skipper Virat Kohli. He had also raised the same allegations against the likes of Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.