BCCI Ethics Officer to investigate complaint against Virat Kohli

BCCI Ethics Officer DK Jain said on Sunday that he would investigate a complaint of conflict of interest filed by Sanjeev Gupta, a lifelong member of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, against Indian captain Virat Kohli.

BCCI conduct officer DK Jain said on Sunday that he will investigate a complaint of conflict of interest filed by Sanjeev Gupta, BCCI Ethics Officer lifelong member of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) against Indian captain Virat Kohli. Gupta had earlier also made similar allegations against other players, which were later dismissed.

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Gupta has alleged in his latest complaint that Kohli holds two positions simultaneously.

He is the captain of the Indian team and the co-director of a talent management company that looks after the management of many players of the team.

Gupta has alleged that this is a violation of the BCCI constitution, which prevents a person from holding multiple positions.

Jain told PTI, ‘I have received a complaint. I will examine it and then see if a case is made or not. If the matter is made, I will have to give them (Kohli) a chance to respond.

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Gupta claimed that Kohli is a director at Cornerstone Venture Partners LLP and Virat Kohli Sports LLP.

Amit Arun Sajdeh (Bunty Sajdeh) and Binoy Bharat Khimji are also co-directors in this company. Both of them are part of Cornerstonesports and Entertainment Pvt Ltd. Kohli does not have a role in Cornerstone Sport and Entertainment Pvt Ltd.

Apart from the Indian captain, the company manages the business interests of many other players including KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav.

Gupta wrote in his complaint, ‘In view of the above, Virat Kohli’s holding the post at one time is a violation of BCCI Rule 38 (4) approved by the Supreme Court of India. They have to abide by one of their posts in compliance.

This is the first major case after Jain’s tenure was extended by a year last month. During his first term, Jain had dealt with grievances of interest against Indian cricket’s great batsmen Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Kapil Dev.

All these complaints were made by Gupta, after which these legendary players had to resign from a post.

These complaints were later dismissed, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has already said that the criteria of conflict of interest set by the Lodha Committee is not realistic.

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