DDCA elections: Apex Council to meet on Saturday for draw of lots

The Delhi and District Cricket Association Apex Council will meet on Saturday via teleconference to carry out draw of lots and discuss the agenda of the elections. The council will also discuss a suitable date for elections.

The DDCA will be going to the elections to fill six vacant posts – the president, the treasurer and four directors.

The two key positions of the president and treasurer have been vacant ever since Rajat Sharma had tendered his resignation on November 29 and OP Sharma was disqualified from the office on the treasurer. Ombudsman Justice (Retd) Deepak Verma has ordered to disqualify Sharma as the treasurer as the latter also is an elected member of the Delhi legislative assembly.

The Apex Council responding to the Delhi High Court order to conduct the elections for the vacant positions had empowered the Ombudsman to fix, date, place and time for holding draw of lots.

Justice (Retd) Verma in a teleconference on Wednesday had asked DDCA secretary Vinod Tihara to call an Apex Council meeting on Saturday, July 4, to discuss the  election business. The Ombudsman had also advised Tihara to invite him as a “special invitee” via video conference.

Tihara had also proposed to have designated DDCA Electoral Officer Naveen Chawla as another special invitee.

The former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Chawla has been appointed the Electoral Officer for the smooth and foolproof conduct of the DDCA elections.

Meanwhile, Justice (Retd) Verma has also directed to invite the four disqualified members – Rajan Manchanda, Apurv Jain, Alok Mittal and Nitin Gupta, who are barred from carrying out any function for and on behalf of the DDCA.

The DDCA had been forced into a state of administrative paralysis after Tihara’s suspension by Sharma and the latter’s reluctance to reinstate the secretary despite court orders.

Tihara, who assumed the charge as the secretary following a court directive, had urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India to release the pending funds of the DDCA which now run up to ₹ 150 crore.

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