New Delhi: BCCI Vice-President Sneh Bansal has been stripped off all functioning powers as a President in his state association DDCA following allegations of financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 1.55 crore levelled by its executive committee.
However, Bansal has strongly refuted the allegations levelled by DDCA's senior vice-president and former India opener Chetan Chauhan and treasurer Ravinder Manchanda, who briefed the media on the "alleged finacial impropriety".
Bansal told PTI that he has done nothing wrong and is set to take legal recourse on this issue.
As per a resolution, DDCA will be represented in BCCI by senior official CK Khanna and state association's affairs will be looked after by Chauhan himself as the senior vice-president. The constitution does not allow DDCA to remove Bansal and he will be a ceremonial head with no decision making powers as such.
Khanna, incidentally is a former BCCI vice-president and as per new ruling will be DDCA's voter in case of an election in BCCI even though Bansal is a permanent invitee in cricket board meeting in his capacity as a vice-president.
"According to DDCA constitution (Rule 48 (p)), the executive committee comprising of 24 members gives powers to DDCA president. We have got signatures from 14 out of the 24 members and have passed the resolution to strip Bansal of all functioning powers of president due to allegations of financial regularity of Rs 1.55 crore," Chowhan told reporters here today.
"The alleged financial irregularities is regarding investing DDCA's money (Rs 52.10 lakh, Rs 53.50 lakh and 49.90 lakh) in three companies without the knowledge of the treasurer. He used his signing powers and along with general secretary Anil Khanna siphoned off DDCA money," alleged the former Test opener, who is a senior vice-president.
Treasurer Manchanda said "All the documents have been sent to the BCCI and we have intimated them about our decision on Bansal."
Chauhan also alleged "We had confronted him about the financial irregularities found out in an internal audit, during a meeting held yesterday where he brought anti-social elements and tried to scuttle the proceedings. We then had to come to Feroz Shah Kotla to hold the meeting."
Bansal however vehemently denied such allegations.
"These are all baseless allegations. The money they are talking about was invested in greater interests of DDCA as I thought it will bring in more interest and money. But the moment I faced objections, the money was returned," Bansal told PTI.
"I objected to their way of conducting a secret meeting at Hotel Vikram. I told them that these are not auditor's report but observations and then I wanted to adjourn the meeting. Then they (Chauhan faction) told us they will go ahead with the meeting and secretly got the signatures sitting in a small room in some corner of the Feroz Shah Kotla.
"I am still the BCCI vice-president and I want to see who stops me from functioning. Let me first get the documents of the resolution and I will move court against these baseless allegations," Bansal added.