A conflict of interest has been filed against the Indian captain Virat Kohli with justice DK Jain, BCCI’s Ethics Officer, regarding Kohli’s two conflicting positions – first as an Indian captain and second as the directors of two different ventures.
Along with leading team India, Kohli and his co-directors are also associated with Cornerstone Sport and Entertainment Private Limited, a talent management firm that has Indian cricketers as its clients.
“I have received a complaint,” Justice Jain confirmed to PTI on Sunday (July 5). “I will examine it and then see if the case is made out or not. If yes, then I have to afford an opportunity to him (Kohli) to respond.”
The complaint against Virat Kohli is dated July 4 and has been filed by Sanjeev Gupta, a member of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, who has previously filed similar complaints against the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid.
“Shri Virat Kohli is occupying two posts at a time in blatant violation to BCCI Rule 38 (4) approved by Supreme Court Of India,” read Gupta’s complaint. “As such, he must relinquish his one post at once in compliance. His two posts are covered as under: A – 38(4)(a) – Player and B – 38(4)(o) – Contractual Entity, to be read with BCCI Rule 38(1) (iii).”
It further explains: “VIRAT KOHLI SPORTS LLP company have two Directors/Owners namely, Shri Virat Kohli & Shri Amit Arun Sajdeh,” the complaint read. “CORNERSTONE VENTURE PARTNERS LLP company have three Directors/Owners namely, Shri Virat Kohli, Shri Amit Arun Sajdeh & Shri Binoy Bharat Khimji.
“Shri Amit Arun Sajdeh & Shri Binoy Bharat Khimji are also Director/Owners of CORNERSTONE SPORT AND ENTERTAINMENT PRIVATE LIMITED,” which, the email further stated, “contracts members of the Indian Team.”
The decision is yet to be taken by the BCCI.
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