The controversy surrounding the irregularities of funds in Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) is not dying down. The latest blot on the tainted DDCA is believed to be of the ticketing mechanism followed for the Indian Premier League (IPL). Also Read- Congress seeks Parliamentary panel on DDCA issue
According to an exclusive report in the DNA, tickets for IPL match between home team Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians during 2013 season were purchased by DDCA from GMR Sports Pvt Ltd- owners of the Delhi franchise. The rates quoted for the tickets were double the price of what tickets for the same stands for other matches cost.
The report claims DNA is in possession of some documents, audits reports and even internal emails which show that DDCA officials used association’s funds to buy tickets from GMR for various IPL matches held at Ferozshah Kotla. This despite DDCA being provided complimentary tickets. Also Read- DDCA Scam: Amit Shah says AAP trying to defame Arun Jaitley; BJP stands by him
The report further claims to have a copy of the tripartite agreement which states DDCA would receive 15% of each category of tickets “free of charge” from the owners of Delhi Daredevils. However, DDCA office bearers, including president Sneh Prakash Bansal, kept asking for tickets and association’s funds were used to pay GMR.
The report quotes an email which was sent to P Phaneendra, the general manager of GMR Sports Pvt Ltd, on April 16, 2013, by president SP Bansal asking to hand over tickets to DDCA employee. “As per our telephonic talk, kindly give CK Bharadwaj all tickets on credit.” The tickets were for three matches scheduled between April 18-23, 2013 at the Ferozeshah Kotla.
According to the report, DDCA spent Rs 52 lakh for purchasing tickets for just four IPL 2013 matches despite having already taken 25,000 complimentary tickets from GMR Sports.
During the IPL 2014 season, DDCA continued to purchase tickets. In an email dated May 15, 2014, Bansal wrote to GMR, “As discussed give instructions to deliver the following tickets on DDCA account on credit.”
This year, DDCA put forth a bill of Rs 1 crore to GMR Sports as IPL 2014 expenses. In a letter dated July 21, 2015, Hemant Dua, the CEO of GMR Sports disputed DDCA’s claims. In the letter, Dua told DDCA that GMR would be deducting Rs 22 lakh from the amount payable to DDCA for “tickets purchased for IPL 2014 authorised by the DDCA president.”
“There was no need to buy tickets in the first place. Eventually, the money was deducted by GMR from DDCA’s dues. This caused loss of several crores over the years to the DDCA. No one knows what happened to the tickets that were bought.” The report quoted Sunil Jain, a DDCA member, as saying.
However, GMR spokesperson defended the ticket sales by saying despite the contract DDCA were allowed to buy supplementary tickets, “Complimentary tickets given to DDCA were as per the contract. DDCA is also entitled to buy tickets whenever they have additional requirements over and above the complimentary tickets.”