Dalmiya unlikely to take any action against Anurag Thakur
BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya is unlikely to take any action against board’s secretary Anurag Thakur for socialising with a suspected bookie Karan Gilhotra.
Breaking his silence for the first time on the contentious issue, Dalmiya, while speaking to Millennium Post over telephone, said, “At present we are not going to take any action against him (Thakur).”
When asked whether BCCI is giving a clean chit to Thakur, he said, “See, it is not a matter of giving a clean chit to anyone. Some reports came and we are examining it. At the moment I would not like to comment anything in this matter.”
It was often seen that top brass of cricket world, willingly or unwillingly, got themselves associated with people with dubious background having connection with the bookies in India and abroad. In recent past too few cricketers were arrested, while cases have been initiated against few, putting the sports fraternity under shame. Commenting on this, Dalmiya said, “It is not possible for us to issue advisories to everyone linked with cricket to be cautious while attending events or any such programme. This is not our job and it is up to people to decide whether they want to attend any such even or not.”
Meanwhile, several attempts to get in touch with Thakur, who is also a BJP MP, didn’t bear fruit. It was learnt that the ICC has written a letter (dated April 22) to Dalmiya informing about Thakur’s socialising act with Gilhotra. Controversy erupted following a photograph came in lime light showing Thakur offering a piece of cake to Gilhotra. The pictorial gesture shows that they know each other quite well and both of them were seen sharing a good moments.
Gilhotra is a Chandigarh based businessman as a busy socialite known for throwing lavish parties.