Justice Jain was appointed as Ombudsman cum Ethics Officer in February, 2019 and now it’s as much as the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah to supply him an extension.
“It was some time back that the CEO (Rahul Johri) had verbally asked me if I would be interested in an extension and I had said yes. But after that I haven’t yet heard from them. Obviously, now the situation is different due to the lockdown,” Justice (retired) Jain informed PTI on Wednesday.
“Let BCCI come up with a formal (written) offer and I will definitely consider it,” Jain added.
Asked if he has obtained any new set of complaints, he replied: “I wouldn’t be knowing because BCCI sends me the list. Right now, the office is closed because of the lockdown. I don’t think there are any new cases of Conflict of Interest.”
Jain mentioned there are 5 instances which might be pending with him. “If I remember correctly, there are either four or five cases pending. One of them is the Conflict of Interest case of Mayank Parikh,” mentioned Jain.
Parikh is a former liaison officer of the Indian cricket workforce. One of the complaints towards Parikh was that he ran six golf equipment in Mumbai. Jain’s tenure began with the “Koffee with Karan” controversy involving KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya.
He had subsequently heard quite a few instances of Conflicts of Interest instances, notable being that of former Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members Sachin Tendulkar, Ganguly and VVS Laxman. Back in February throughout an Apex Council assembly, appointment of a separate Ombudsman and Ethics Officer was on the agenda however there hasn’t been a lot progress on that entrance.
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