Sexual Harassment complaint lodged against MPCA official

Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association has made a four-member panel for the probe into the sexual harassment allegations against their Joint Secretary © AFP

Indore: Nov 27, 2013

A 19-year-old woman cricketer has alleged that she was sexually harassed by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) Joint Secretary Alpesh Shah. The MPCA have instituted a four member panel comprising MK Bhargava, the body’s chairman, the CEO Rohit Pandit, Secretary Narendra Menon and Sanjay Jagdale, who was the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Hindustan Times reported the victim’s father has lodged a complaint. It says that on September 23, when the player had gone to Shah’s room, she touched his feet and then attempted to molest her.  Bhargava said, “The MPCA have formed four-member probe panel to look into the matter and the committee will submit its report in 15 days. We will ask both the parties and once again cross-examine both the statement in front of both the parties and then only decide the future course of action.”

Some MPCA officials believe that there may have been a misunderstanding as players are blessed and patted
on the backs when they impress in tournaments. An official was quoted, “”Shah did the same without any ill intention. However, the matter was settled at that time after Shah tendered unconditional apology to the player for his act.”

However, the matter did not die down as the victim’s father complained to the MPCA.