Gautam Gambhir met Delhi CM to discuss about the alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi & District Cricket Association © IANS
Gautam Gambhir met Delhi CM to discuss about the alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi & District Cricket Association © IANS

New Delhi: Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday to discuss about the alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA). On a complaint filed by former cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi and other cricketers, Delhi government has also ordered a probe into the issue. The two-member committee of Urban Development secretary and sports secretary was constituted and asked to submit their report on financial irregularities in DDCA within two days. The matter of the financial irregularities in DDCA was raised by former cricketer and BJP MP Kirti Azad. The Parliament sent the matter to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which forwarded the issue to the sports ministry, which has now trickled down to the Delhi government for further investigation. READ: Is Gautam Gambhir’s international career over?

I the past DDCA vice president to meet CM Kejriwal: Former India opener and DDCA vice president Chetan Chauhan said that the association will appeal to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for “re-assessment of entertainment tax” of Rs 24 crore levied by Delhi government. The DDCA is in danger of losing the final Test match against South Africa between December 2-6 to Pune if they don’t comply to state government’s norms of payment of entertainment tax. Chauhan claimed that tax department has levied entertainment tax from the period of 2008 to 2012 during which they were “granted exemption”.

“We don’t agree with the amount as this is an exorbitant amount levied on us. We had been exempted from entertainment tax during that period and now we see that those exemption years have also been included,” Chauhan told PTI. “Hopefully we will get CM’s appointment in the next couple of days. I had personally met Deputy CM Manish Sisodia three days back and he told me that we have to seek CM’s appointment,” Chauhan added. Chauhan also said that DDCA will send the balance sheet of the last financial year (2014-15) within end of this week to BCCI. IPL partners with FreeCharge for the next two years.