Former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was responsible for marketing the game to new heights, was today expelled from the Board for life and removed from all posts on charges of financial irregularities during his tenure at the helm of BCCI.
The special general body of the Board, which met in Jaipur and heard him on the charges levelled against him, adopted a resolution that expelled him from the Board and barred him from holding any position in any organs of the cricket body, including state associations.
The resolution was adopted 29-2 against him. The Cricket Association of Bengal, of which he is the president, and the National Cricket Club, Kolkata, of which also he is the head voted in his support.
Interestingly, Ranbir Singh Mahendra, once his loyalist, voted against him.
The 66-year-old Dalmiya, a former president of the International Cricket Council, has been given the right to appeal after three years for inclusion in the Board, BCCI media committee member Rajiv Shukla said after the meeting. Even then, he would be allowed re-entry only if two-third members of the board pass his name.
However, Dalmiya, who has strongly denied the charges, said after the expulsion that he had submitted a 46-page report which the disciplinary committee did not even read.
"They did not even read it. They are all biased. There is no misappropriation. It is only their misinterpretation," he said.
The BCCI took the decision following embezzlement of funds to the tune of Rs 42 crores. Dalmiya, in his reply to the BCCI, had provided vouchers of only 272 transactions.
BCCI vice-president Shashank Manohar told reporters "Dalmiya could not provide any explanation for the misappropriation of the funds following which he was expelled."
The former BCCI chief had challenged the legality of the disciplinary committee and also the convening of a special general meeting.
He had also claimed that as per Board`s rules and regulations, any disciplinary issue should be resolved within six months and since the process against him had commenced on February 27 this year, it was no longer valid.
Dalmiya had moved the Madras High Court seeking a stay on the meeting but his application was rejected yesterday.