Will announce verdict on Rahul Dravid soon: BCCI ombudsman
- The allegation against Dravid is that he is an NCA director and also an employee with India Cements, which owns Chennai Super Kings.
- As per the Lodha reforms, a BCCI employee can only hold one post at a time.
- The CoA which hired Dravid, has maintained that he had taken a 'leave of absence' with India Cements.
MUMBAI: It shouldn't take long for BCCI ombudsman DK Jain to decide whether batting legend Rahul Dravid is conflicted in his role as the National Cricket Academy (NCA) director.
On Thursday morning, Jain had summoned the former Indian captain for an hour-long hearing on the conflict of interest allegations against him, at a five-star hotel in the city.
"I've heard him. I've reserved my order. Now, I'll pronounce my verdict," Jain told TOI on Thursday. Asked by when he would announce his verdict, he said: "Shortly, though I can't define what shortly is here."
Rahul Dravid conflict: More questions than answers
The Supreme Court-appointed ethics officer, retired justice DK Jain who also doubles up as the ombudsman for the Indian cricket board, is all set to 'dismiss' the complaint of conflict against former India captain and legendary No. 3 Rahul Dravid.Was Dravid convincing in his arguments? "That I will decide while giving my order," he replied.
Elaborating on the need to call the 46-year-old retired great personally for the hearing, even after he had given a written submission on this issue, Jain said: "I've given him an oral hearing." Asked if Dravid was cordial in the hearing, Jain said: "So far, everyone I've called has been cordial."
The allegation against Dravid is that he is an NCA director and also an employee with India Cements, which owns Chennai Super Kings. As per the Lodha reforms, a BCCI employee can only hold one post at a time.
The Committee of Administrators (CoA) which hired Dravid, who was earlier the India A and junior coach, has maintained that Dravid had taken a 'leave of absence' with India Cements, and his appointment was cleared by the BCCI's legal team. Since the BCCI has decided not to put up the ombudsman's verdicts on its website anymore, it remains to be seen when Jain's decision reaches public domain.
The BCCI ombudsman also heard conflict of interest allegations against BCCI's logistics manager Mayank Parikh. Parikh is a BCCI employee, but he also owns clubs with voting rights in the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
"His case remained inconclusive." On the BCCI referring to his judgements on other conflict of interest allegations, Jain said: "I've given my verdict on them. It's up to the BCCI to follow up. My earlier verdicts are in public domain."
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