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Najam Sethi (AFP Photo)

Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has threatened of a legal action against the board after an audit claimed he spent crores on his payment and expenses during his tenure.

Sethi has sent a legal notice to current chairman Ehsan Mani and warned of filing a defamation suit seeking an apology for the claims made by PCB on its website that around seven crores were spent on him while he was the board chief.

“I am being victimised and targeted and I will not tolerate this. My lawyer has sent a legal notice to the PCB Chairman for trying to defame me,” Sethi said.

Sethi said the claims made by PCB in its audit, conducting by two external auditors, are “incorrect, misleading, grossly exaggerated and deliberately calculated to hurt Mr Sethi’s reputation and to lower the esteem in which he is held by the general public.”

As per a PTI report, Sethi said that the allowances and payments were authorised by PCB’s Board of Governers and permissible under the board’s service rules.

He also alleged to have been targeted as the audit should have also mentioned “the payments, increments and allowances paid to Chief Financial Officer Badar Manzur and Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmed”.

Sethi, who served as the chairman for four years, said that Mani rarely visits the PCB headquarters “And he has already obtained a rented furnished house in Lahore which is being upgraded by the board from its coffers.”