“On Saturday we had a meeting and it was decided that the CEO would be appointed in the next executive meeting,” Khanna said in a hurriedly called presser here, after Justice Mukul Mudgal had on Monday submitted his report on the functioning of the association at the Delhi High Court.
The retired judge had pointed out at various conflicts of interest cases in the DDCA, including that of Khanna. “CK Khanna is one person whose latent actions, along with his proxy controlled acolytes, have brought down the reputation of DDCA...,” the report said.
On Tuesday, a faction of DDCA came out to clear their stand and claimed that Mudgal has been ‘misguided’ by a few individuals within the association. In his defence about Mudgal’s report which states that secretary Anil Khanna, patron Ravi Khanna are his brothers while Joint Secretary Vivek Gupta is his brother in law, Khanna said BCCI’s conflict-of interest clause doesn’t say that “two brothers can’t work in one association”.
“I have read all the guidelines of BCCI and I don’t have any conflict of interest charges against me. They are all elected members. As far as responsibilities are concerned, Justice Mudgal had not kept me in any committees in the first place,” Khanna told reporters.
Sports Committee convenor Vinod Tihara also came in the DDCA vice-president’s support. “Justice Mudgal has made strong observations about Sports Committee. I have no hesitation in stating that he has been misguided by a few individuals. Instead of at least having a meeting with us, he discussed matters with people who had lost elections.
“And if you are talking about conflict of interest of Khanna, then Siddharth Verma, who was a part of Justice Mudgal’s core team and his brother Pravesh Verma (BJP MP) are Directors of DDCA. Then that’s a conflict also.”