New Delhi: The factional war at the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) continued as vice-president Chetan Chauhan on Monday asked sports body's president and BCCI vice-president Sneh Bansal to resign within 72 hours on allegations of financial irregularities.
However Bansal remained defiant and said that he would not tender his resignation and is getting ready for a pitched legal battle.
A few days back, Bansal's powers were withdrawn by the all-powerful executive committee of the DDCA on allegations of siphoning association funds to the tune of Rs 1.55 crore.
On Monday, Chauhan said that at a meeting of the executive committee, it has been unanimously decided that Bansal should resign within 72 hours as there are additional charges of financial impropriety apart from the ones levelled against him, which also includes the India versus West Indies ODI in Delhi on October 11 this year.
"The members of the executive committee have unanimously resolved that considering allegations and recent developments in near past, against president, S P Bansal, he should tender his resignation within 72 hours, with a view to unveil the truth, in the larger interest of the society and cricket in general, failing which, necessary legal action will follow," Chauhan was quoted as saying in a release issued by DDCA.
Bansal, on his part, said: "There is no question of tendering resignation. It's my prerogative whether I want to resign in 72 hours or 72 days. Firstly, they will have to give me in writing about the allegations levelled against me. I don't even know what (allegations) they are talking about."
When contacted, former Test opener and DDCA's caretaker chief Chauhan alleged that some serious misappropriation has come to his knowledge regarding India versus West Indies One Day International match on October 11.
"It came to my knowledge that that www.BookMyShow.Com was contacted for online sales of the ticket. But when we tried to find an agreement with the company, there was none. When we got in touch with representative of the company, they said that they had an e-mail but that's not a signed document," Chauhan alleged.
"We have paid Rs 80 lakh as part of Entertainment tax but we didn't get any rebate as there were no trace of the unsold tickets," he further alleged.
"We have given him 72 hours and after that we will explore all options via legal route," Chauhan said.