Rahul Dravid was cleared of conflict of interest charges by the BCCI ethics officer Justice (retd.) DK Jain on Thursday, after the conclusion of two hearings in response to a complaint filed by Sanjeev Gupta, a life member of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA).
“I have rejected the complaint. Rahul Dravid doesn’t have conflict of interest,” Jain told PTI after issuing the order.
Gupta had alleged that when Dravid was appointed the director of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) this July by the BCCI, he was also serving as vice-president of India Cements Pvt. Ltd, a company that had ties with the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.
Thus, he was guilty of conflict of interest according to Gupta, because he was occupying more than one post at the time, which was not permitted as per the board’s rules.
After the complaint was raised in August, Dravid wrote to the ethics officer explaining that he had taken leave of absence from India Cements and was not being paid by the company. The 46-year-old later met with the BCCI ethics officer on September 26 in Mumbai before being summoned again on November 12 in Delhi.
Justice Jain has since dismissed the complaint stating that it was “bereft of merit.”
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