New Delhi. Banana bill of Rs 35 lakhs… The daily expenditure is about 50 lakhs.. If it was less then 11 crores more were spent during the Corona era. Even after this, the outstanding money of the players, rigging in the team selection and now threatening to kill the players. These serious allegations are being made on the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand, which is in discussion about all these things more than cricket these days. The matter has become so intense that the Uttarakhand Police has even started questioning the association’s secretary Mahim Verma, head coach Manish Jha and spokesperson Sanjay Gusain. The names of all these people are in the FIR written by the father of a former Indian Under-19 cricketer after the death threat to his son.
Dehradun SSP Janmjeya Khanduri told The Indian Express, “In the last three days, we have called and questioned Mahim Verma, Manish Jha and Sanjay Gusain separately. We have recorded their statements in this matter and they will be called again if needed.” In this case, an FIR has been registered in the Vasant Vihar police station of Dehradun under IPC sections related to extortion, criminal conspiracy, willful insult.
Former cricketer’s father has filed an FIR
Complainant Virendra Sethi, father of former Under-19 player Arya Sethi, has alleged that his son was killed by Uttarakhand cricket team coach Manish Jha, team manager Navneet Mishra and video analyst Piyush Raghuvanshi during the Vijay Hazare tournament last year. had threatened to kill. Not only this, Sethi has also accused the secretary of demanding Rs 10 lakh to select his son in the team.
According to records reviewed by The Indian Express and conversations with players, Uttarakhand cricket’s troubles are only going to increase rather than decrease.
During the conversation, the players told that they were given Rs 100 DA while the fixed amount is 1500. Not only this, food was not even available during the tournament and training camp, while the association added a bill of lakhs on the players during the epidemic itself.
Players ate bananas worth 35 lakhs during the Corona period!
In the audit report of Uttarakhand Cricket Association dated March 31, 2020, it has been reported that Rs 1.74 crore has been spent on the food of the players and Rs 49 lakh on the daily allowance. In this, the banana bill alone is Rs 35 lakh and Rs 22 lakh has been spent on the bottle of water.
Robin Bisht, who plays for the Uttarakhand team, has corroborated the allegations leveled by the former Under-19 cricketer and recalled an incident before the recent Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Mumbai, saying, “Recovery session in the pool. After we went for lunch, the hotel staff told us that we have been asked not to serve food. After this, when we called the team manager, he replied, ‘Order something from Swiggy or Zomato or be hungry. Anyway, if you do not eat food for one day, you will not die. Uttarakhand lost this match to Mumbai by a record 725 runs.
Association did not even arrange bus: Bisht
Bisht further said, “The next day, we had a flight to Delhi. After exiting the airport, we again called our team manager and said that we have to go to Dehradun. ‘Where’s our bus?’ The answer came, “Book a cab, bus or train. Our job was to take you to Delhi, not to your home.”
Independent MLA also made serious allegations
Independent MLA Umesh Kumar has also leveled corruption charges against CAU. He told the Indian Express, “During Kovid, CAU distributed Rs 6.5 crore as professional fees. I want to know to whom did he give this money? Before March 2020, the professional fee was around Rs 2.75 crore. Who did lunch and dinner worth Rs 1.27 crore during Kovid? How did they hire cricketing coaches? I have also raised this in the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly. I think BCCI should intervene. There is a lot of corruption going on here.
12 MLAs wrote letter to Uttarakhand CM
Independent MLA Kumar further said, “During the lockdown, when everything was closed, the executives of the association spent Rs 11 crore and when everything opened up and cricket is returning as before, then how can you spend Rs 12 crore? could?
He said that I have brought this matter to the notice of the state government. I and 12 other MLAs have written a letter to the Chief Minister and if needed we will also go to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had asked the Lodha Committee recommendations to be implemented and Mr. Verma and Company (Secretary Mahim Verma) are not following the court’s orders.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 14, 2022, 09:17 IST