Probe ordered into KCA officials' alleged corruption

One of the complaints is regarding ticket sales fraud in a One-Day International played between India and Australia at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Thrissur: Sep 6, 2011

The Thrissur vigilance court has ordered a probe into complaints of alleged corruption of more than Rs 2 crores by the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) officials.

The probe has been ordered on a complaint made by P.K. Jacob, a founder member of the KCA, and another cricket lover. The inquiry report has to be submitted before December 7, 2011, The Economic Times reported.

As per the order, the probe will cover KCA secretary T.C. Mathew, President T.R. Balakrishnan, Treasurer G. Sajikumar and assistant secretary T.N. Ananthanarayanan.

The two allegations of corruptions against these officials include erection of new floodlights at Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, without inviting tenders. This has allegedly led to a loss of Rs.1.15 crore.

The second complaint is regarding ticket sales fraud in a 2007 One-Day International between India and Australia played at the same stadium.

KCA secretary Mathew said, “We welcome this probe wholeheartedly and we know that there is a group behind this.”