Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Delhi HC dismisses plea seeking independent probe into alleged DDCA irregularities

The Delhi high court on Tuesday dismissed a plea by former cricketers Kirti Azad, Bishan Singh Bedi and others, seeking a probe by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

“The plea is premature as the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) is already conducting a preliminary inquiry in this matter,” said justice Manmohan, while dismissing the plea.

The court also noted that a probe by SIT could only be directed in the rarest of rare case and this would not qualify as being so for such probe to be ordered.

The plea brought by the former cricketers sought appointment of an independent administrator to look into the alleged financial irregularities in DDCA.

The petition also challenged the allotment of land by the centre to DDCA at concessional rates.

This was opposed by additional solicitor general (ASG) Sanjay Jain, who told the court on behalf of the centre that the scheme of allotment could not be challenged as land on concessional rates had been alloted to other sport bodies also.

ASG Neeraj Kishan Kaul, appearing for CBI, assured the court that the bureau was seized of the matter and such task should be best left to them (an independent body) to bring the matter to its conclusion.

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