Punjab Cricket Association
Punjab Cricket Association. Image: Twitter

Former BCCI treasurer and joint secretary MP Pandove and former Punjab Cricket Association secretary GS Walia have been barred from any kind of involvement in cricket administration for life.

PCA ombudsman-cum-ethics officer Justice HS Bhalla passed the order after a complaint was lodged by the current secretary of the District Cricket Association, Mohali (DCAM). Gagandeep Singh Dhaliwal complained that the two senior administrators had “misappropriated and embezzled funds” of PCA.

MP Pandove and RP Pandove
MP Pandove with brother RP Pandove. Image: Twitter

It is clear that there is a conflict of interest: Justice HS Bhalla on PCA senior officer-bearers

Justice HS Bhalla announced the two accused of being involved in a conflict of interest and for releasing funds from PCA to MCA. Both the senior PCA administrators were debarred from involvement in the game of cricket for life.

Two Former PCA Office-Bearers Barred From Involvement In Cricket For Embezzlement Of Funds

“It is clear that there is a conflict of interest as the respondents, who were the officer-bearers of PCA, became active members of MCA and funds were also released to MCA by them. The respondents released funds of PCA to MCA fully knowing that MCA is not affiliated with PCA and even the registration of MCA is under challenge before the Punjab and Haryana High Court. They are debarred for life from involvement with the game of cricket,” the order read, as reported by The Indian Express.

“The complainant – District Cricket Association, Mohali – filed the present complaint under Section 46 of the rules and regulations of Punjab Cricket Association against the respondents – GS Walia and MP Pandove – that the Mohali Cricket Association, have misappropriated and embezzled funds of PCA, which were released to MCA against the rules in spite of the fact that PCA has not recognised them and no affiliation certificate had been issued to PCA.”

“After having gone through the record of the PCA, I further find that while these respondents were secretary, joint secretary, treasurer of the PCA, they became members of MCA, meaning thereby they were keenly interested in establishing the MCA and this is why, to my mind, they released the funds and permitted the MCA to use playground, office and washrooms in the building of the PCA, Stadium at Mohali even in the absence of affiliation certificate … All this clearly spells out that the MCA is trying to build a castle on the sandy foundation which is bound to collapse …” the order added.

PCA Stadium, Mohali, Punjab
PCA Stadium, Mohali, Punjab (Twitter)

We are glad that this order has come: Gagandeep Singh Dhaliwal

Dhaliwal welcomed the order of the ethics officer and wants PCA to carry out further investigation regarding the embezzlement of funds. The DCAM secretary also explained how they accessed the documents and discovered the unlawful activity.

“We had accessed the MCA and PCA documents and as per them, MCA was formed in 1997 while Mohali itself became a district in Punjab in 2006. There has been no proof of affiliation of MCA with PCA and all these years, it was running under GS Walia and MP Pandove. We are glad that this order has come, and hope the PCA will form an investigation committee to look into the matter of embezzlement of funds,” Dhaliwal was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

Also Read: Tim Southee Wins Sir Richard Hadlee Medal At 2022 New Zealand Cricket Awards