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Jharkhand to have a new interim cricket body

The home state of BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, alongside Rajesh Verma, had vacated their offices on January 2.

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JSCA International Stadium. (Photo Source: BCCI)

A new interim cricket body in Jharkhand was constituted in a Special General Meeting (SGM) on Wednesday. The recently-formed body has resolved at the meeting to implement the Lodha panel’s recommendations in full. Kuldeep Singh, Debashish Chakravarty, and Ajaynath Sahadeo were nominated as president, secretary, and vice-president respectively. Parthasarathi Sen continued as the treasurer from the previous dispensation.

The home state of BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, alongside Rajesh Verma, had vacated their offices on January 2. However, a recent RTI report from State Bank of India has revealed that Choudhary continued to sign on cheques on behalf of the state body even after he vacated the office.

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According to Hindustan Times, secretary of the new body Sunil Kumar Singh said, “We have formed a fresh, interim body. The previous dispensation had quit and had nominated replacements from their own faction. However, they (Choudhary and Rajesh Verma) continued to operate the SBI account of the Jharkhand cricket association till July 18 (when the RTI reply arrived) going against the Lodha recommendations.”

Singh further added, “They were operating without a quorum. Even the official sent to BCCI meetings (Rajesh Verma) in recent times is a disqualified official as per Lodha reforms.”

CoA alleges BCCI president and secretary of lavish spending

Earlier today Committee of Administrators (CoA) revealed a report alleging current BCCI office-bearers Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry for sky-high expenditure. The duo’s incessant expenditures have garnered nationwide attention and grabbed the eyeballs of all and sundry. 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.

Amitabh’s expenses were approximated to around Rs 1.56 crore while treasurer Chaudhry’s expenses touched Rs 1.71 crore. BCCI office-bearers such as ex-president Anurag Thakur or current acting president CK Khanna, have both spent significantly less during their tenure.

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