N Srinivasan received another jolt as one of his closest confidant Sanjay Patel was removed from his primary membership by the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) on allegations of financial irregularities. However, Patel is not taking things lying down as he is all set to take legal recourse to revoke the decision of the BCA’s managing committee.
Former Test opener and Patel’s bete noire Anshuman Gaekwad said, “Sanjay Patel’s primary membership has been cancelled for financial irregularities. There was a sanction of Rs 25 lakh for renovation of dressing room and BCA office. However the bills ran upto Rs 89 lakh. No approval was sought for spending such amount. Therefore the managing committee decided to suspend the primary membership of Patel, Arun Gandhi (another secretary and treasurer Sachin Dalvi after an inquiry committee headed by Anant Tendulkar submitted the report,” Gaekwad added.
On the day, BCA president Samarjeetsin Gekwad was conducting the meeting with 23 items on the agenda including discussion on inquiry committee report. “He (Samarjeetsinh Gaekwad) adjourned the meeting saying he had not received copy of the report of the inquiry committee. At this juncture, I pointed out that’s it’s there in BCA’s email, but we can’t get a hard copy of it as its a secret document,” Anshuman narrated the event.
“President Gaekwad did not agree with it and left adjouring the meeting. His five supporters in the committee also followed him.” BCA secretary Gaekwad said, “The 16 out of total 22 members present in the meeting, decided to continue the meeting and appointed J T Patel vice president of BCA to preside over this meeting.”