The Board of Control for Cricket in India ethics officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain is examining the conflict of interest complaint against Virat Kohli.
The ethics officer has confirmed that he was looking into the complaint filed by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association life member Sanjeev Gupta. Jain confirmed to national news agency PTI that “I have received a complaint. 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”.
Gupta has alleged that Kohli’s position as a director in a sports management firm is in conflict with his role as the captain of the Indian cricket team. Kohli’s co-directors in Cornerstone Ventures Parnters LLP and Virat Kohli Sports LLP are also directors in a company that manages commercial interests of many other members of the Indian national cricket team, Gupla had alleged and added that it was in violation of the BCCI constitution which bars one individual from holding multiple positions.
Gupta had made an obvious reference to Bunty Sajdeh’s Cornerstone Sport and Entertainment Private Limited. But Kohli has no role in the company. KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav are signed by the company.
Jain in the past had raised conflict of interest issues about BCCI Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Kapil Dev. Gupta’s charges against the legends were rendered “infructuous”, but they had resigned from their positions of alleged conflict.