Ratnakar Shetty, a long time administrator was the joint secretary of the MCA  from 1996 to 2005    AFP
Ratnakar Shetty, a long time administrator was the joint secretary of the MCA from 1996 to 2005 AFP

New Delhi: Petitioner in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing case Aditya Verma has written to Lodha Panel secretary Gopal Shankarnarayan alleging non-compliance of SC order by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with GMs Ratnakar Shetty and MV Sridhar, who had already completed more than nine years in their state bodies. Shetty, a long time administrator was the joint secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) from 1996 to 2005 (9 years). He was also the treasurer of MCA from 2005-06 and 2010-11 (2 years) followed by Vice-president from 2011-2012. Sridhar, a Hyderabad Ranji stalwart, was the joint secretary from 2000-06 and then secretary from 2009-10 and 2012-14.

In his letter Verma termed Shetty as “a man of questionable conduct and character” referring to the allegedly false affidavit that he filed in Anurag Thakur perjury case. Verma’s plea to Panel secretary refers to SC directive which makes both Shetty and Sridhar “ineligible” and appealed to issue directions that will prevent both of them from discharging their duties in current capacity. The group of BCCI administrators is expected to be named by the Supreme Court on Friday, January 20, instead of January 19. The case has been listed for January 20 and I am speaking to my lawyers as petitioner that I will also propose a few names for administrators post, said Verma, secretary of unsanctioned Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB).

There is a possibility that an eminent member from the judiciary is entrusted with the job, apart from a member of CAG and a former cricketer. RM Lodha said, “I believe as soon as administrators are appointed by the Supreme Court, they take over, things would, I believe, move fast.”