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Harbhajan's allegations pull the plug on PCA President's term

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Cicero Silva
October 13, 2022 21:53 IST
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On Thursday, the President of the Punjab Cricket Association, Gulzar Inder Singh Chahal resigned just days after former India spinner Harbhajan Singh claimed: "illegal activities" were being carried out under the current dispensation.

Chahal, who had taken charge in May, confirmed to PTI that he has quit his post.

Earlier this month, Harbhajan, who is also the PCA's chief advisor, had alleged wrongdoing in the association though, he didn't mention the name of the office-bearers in his letter, which was sent to PCA members and district units of the body.


"The crux of the matter is that the PCA is trying hard to induct 150 members with voting rights to tilt the balance in their favour and these inductions are being done without the assent of the Apex Council or without consulting the Chief Advisor (Singh)," Harbhajan had written in his letter.

"Therefore, these are against the BCCI constitution, guidelines of the PCA and violations of transparency and ethical norms of the sports bodies. To hide their illegal activities, they are not organising formal meetings of the PCA and are taking all decisions suo-moto, which serves their selfish motives,"

Chahal was facing multiple allegations with the primary one being, the enrolment of illegal voting members without consent from the Apex Council.

The other alleged malpractice was appointing his personal chartered firm as the official auditor of the PCA, which amounts to a conflict of interest.

The third charge was the selling of tickets for the Mohali T20 International against Australia.

Harbhajan wrote to members and Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann about Chahal's alleged "illegal activities".

"I was very sure that if there is any corruption or bad governance in the PCA, I will not tolerate that. Under my watch, there shouldn't be any corruption or high-handedness," Harbhajan told PTI.

Chahal's father, retired DIG Harender Chahal used the stadium facilities for his evening walks and after senior curator, Daljeet Singh ticked him off, Chahal barred the veteran from entering the premises, only to revoke it later.

Asked who will represent Punjab at the BCCI AGM, Harbhajan said, that he is not a candidate and that the members will decide.

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