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HCA President G Vivekanand also happens to hold the rank of a cabinet minister in Telangana, as an advisor to the state government.
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In a major move, Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) President G Vivekanand and its Secretary T Shesh Narayan were disqualified and asked to step down, based on an order by the body's Ombudsman.

The order also states that the HCA vice-president shall fill in for the President's role temporarily, while the treasurer would oversee the secretary role.  

According to reports, this comes after several complaints of conflict of interest against Vivekanand, who also happens to hold the rank of a cabinet minister in Telangana, as an advisor to the state government.

"A clear 'conflict of interest' exists vis-a-vis Sri G Vivekanand, the president of HCA, on account of a commercial contract between Visakha Industries, of which he is a Director He also stands disqualified from holding the office of president of the HCA, on account of his appointment as an Advisor to Government. Sri T Shesh Narayan stands disqualified on account of his figuring as an accused in the charge-sheets. The HCA shall take steps to hold the elections for the office of president and secretary in accordance with the relevant provisions of law," the order stated.

“I have been charge-sheeted, along with 44 other HCA officials, by the Anti-Corruption Bureau and not the court. This order is pre-emptive...As a law-abiding citizen, I’m prepared to quit if I am under the ambit of law — as of now, I’m not. I will deliberate the future course of action,” Shesh Narayan told reporters.

This comes after a long and contentious battle with Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin saying that Vivekanand's election was illegal.

Azhar had said that Vivekanand could not continue on the post as all office bearers have to resign following the adoption of the Lodha Committee's recommendations and fresh elections have to be conducted.

Azhar, who was elected to Lok Sabha from Moradabad in 2009, alleged that Viekanand through his conduct was violating all rules. He contended that Vivekanand can't hold the post in the HCA as he enjoyed the rank of a cabinet minister in Telangana.

The former player also wondered how Vivekanand can hold Telangana Premier League in the name of his late father G. Venkatswamy under the aegis of HCA, terming it as conflict of interest.

Azhar said he had written to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take action against HCA which is "totally illegal". 

 

IANS inputs