CoA report reveal BCCI expenses touch sky-high limit

CoA report reveal BCCI expenses touch sky-high limit

The report also mentioned that Ajay Shirke, who was removed by the Supreme Court did not claim a single penny from the BCCI, unlike all other office bearers.

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According to a recent report by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) on the expenditures of the BCCI office-bearers has revealed sky-high outlay both by acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry. Amitabh’s expenses were approximated to around Rs 1.56 crore while treasurer Chaudhry’s expenses touched Rs 1.71 crore. The report also mentioned that Ajay Shirke, who was removed by the Supreme Court did not claim a single penny from the BCCI, unlike all other office bearers.

However, the two principal office-bearers, Amitabh and Anirudh’s expenditures have garnered nationwide attention and grabbed the eyeballs of all and sundry. The CoA, in order to maintain transparency, has also given the entire break up in its fifth status report and the expenses under various heads which include airfare, TA/DA, accommodation, foreign exchange allowance to name a few. The period of expenditure covers a financial year (FY) 2015-16, 2016-17 and April to June 2017 (current FY).

The detailed breakup and analysis

The cumulative amount of the two consecutive financial years and the current year (till June) amounts to Rs Rs 1.56 crore approximately. However, treasurer Anirudh, known to be former BCCI president N Srinivasan‘s confidante, has beaten the secretary hands down in terms of expenditure from the board’s coffers.

The treasurer’s air ticket bills during the aforementioned period are estimated at Rs 60,29 lakh along with a massive TA/DA of  Rs 75 lakh (Rs 75, 07,553). The BCCI paid Anirudh Rs 17.64 lakh (Rs 17,64,966) in foreign exchange while stay charges (accommodation) were Rs 11 lakh (Rs 11,03,893).

To put things into perspective, comparing other office-bearers such as former president Anurag Thakur or current acting president CK Khanna, have spent significantly less during the same period. Thakur’s total expenditure before his ouster was Rs 24 lakh while Khanna has spent only Rs 6.52 lakh yet.