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Rakesh Bansal, the brother of SP Bansal (who has been a general secretary for the last 25 years), deposited 612 proxy forms in his name. It was observed that no member had filled the name of the proxy holder, but had given a blank proxy form, which was later filled in with the name Rakesh Bansal by a person other than the member appointing the proxy holder.

It was shocking to observe that all the 612 proxy forms were filled in the same handwriting. The same method was adopted by CK Khanna, Sunil Dev, Sneh Bansal, Manjeet Singh, Vinod Garg, Ravinder Manchanda, Ganga Prasad Gupta and others. It was disturbing to note that more than 50 percent of the proxy forms, 2150, were filed by only five members namely Sneh Bansal, Rakesh Bansal, CK Khanna, Sunil Dev, and Manjeet Singh and thereby making a mockery of the election process.

The election, like all elections in the past 35 years, has been clearly vitiated and a handful of persons in the DDCA have been taking advantage of the proxy system. When 99 percent of the members are basically residents of NCT of Delhi, there was no reason to allow the continued abuse of the proxy system, year after year, in the DDCA .

The DDCA has not maintained a proper register of members which can be periodically updated to get the current address and the status of the member whether he is alive or dead. In such a scenario, the election officer, who is duty bound to scrutinise above mentioned proxy forms, is totally incapable of doing so in the absence of a register carrying the latest information and updated signatures. It is not impossible to ascertain whether proxy form has been issued by a particular member to which said proxy form was issued, whether that particular member is still alive and whether the signatures of the particular member issuing a proxy form clearly matches with the signatures already on record. If the signatures are poles apart then results the proxy forms get rejected. Surprisingly, in the year 2012 and 2013, anyone could see that on many forms the names seem to be misspelt or were not in any flow. I am given to understand that more than 25 proxies of members, who are above the age of 85 years, were deposited by the DDCA office bearers. This shows that life expectancy, at least in the DDCA , is far more than the national average.

The data released by the election officer for the 2012 election points to the fact that for 24 members no signatures are available on the record of the DDCA . Hence all the above irregularities and illegalities clearly highlight the misuse of the proxy form. It has been commonly seen that there are many members who have shown their address as those of certain office bearers of the DDCA .

It is apparent that most of these members have stopped paying their annual membership fees and their memberships have been literally usurped, by paying up their dues, and changing the addresses to their own residences.

With Lodha commission’s recommendations set to be accepted, the proxy system that has been thoroughly misused by politicians is set to go. I sincerely hope that we are able to induct more professional administrators and cricketers to improve the functioning of all state associations and the BCCI soon.

editor@tehelka.com