Sourav Ganguly has been facing new questions of conflict regarding the interest as the BCCI president is the co-owner of a football team along with Sanjeev Goenka. The RPSG Ventures Ltd has made a successful bid of Rs 7,090 Crore for the Lucknow IPL franchise during the high-stakes auction that was held in Dubai on Monday. According to the official website of the ISL team, ATK Mohonbagan the BCCI president is a member of the board of directors, along with Sanjeev Goenks as the team’s chairman. Furthermore,
The website states that “The team was owned by Kolkata Games and Sports Pvt. Ltd. consisting of former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, alongside businessmen Harshavardhan Neotia, Sanjiv Goenka, and Utsav Parekh.” On speaking to “The Indian Express”, reports have mentioned that a senior BCCI member has confirmed that this case is a clear case of conflict. He further went on to add that,” Ganguly is the president, he needs to understand.
This is not the first time that he has been in this situation,” the member said.`` Neither Ganguly nor Goenka has responded to any of the calls and the text messages, and this directly leads to queries on the conflict-of-interest- issue. Even during an interview with CNBC T18, responding to a question on whether his association with Ganguly could raise potential conflict-of-interest, Goenka said: “Well, I think he (Ganguly) is going to step down from Mohun Bagan completely.” Asked when that would happen, he said: “I think today.” Goenka then said: “That is for Sourav to make the announcement. Sorry,
I preempted it.” Till Tuesday night there was no confirmation and no official announcement from the former Indian cricket team captain, regarding his future along with ISL team ATK Mohonbagan. Even if Sourav Ganguly moves away from the football club, there are questions that will be raised over his involvement in the franchise auction process as BCCI president despite his football association with one of the bidders. Ganguly has been the BCCI president for the past two years and is the one who takes all the important decisions which are made by the board.
In the redrafted BCCI constitution which followed the directions from the Supreme Court, justice RM Lodha committee had listed several potential associations which came under the conflict of interest purview. “When the BCCI, a member, the IPL or a franchisee enter into a contractual agreement with entities in which the individual concerned or his/her relative, partner or close associate has an interest. This is to include cases where family members, partners or close associates are in positions that may or may be seen to compromise an individual’s participation, performance and discharge of roles,” it states.
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