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Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman summoned by BCCI Ombudsman on May 14

NEW DELHI: Cricketing greats Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman will depose in person for their alleged Conflict of Interest case prior to the BCCI Ombudsman cum Ethics Officer Justice DK Jain on May 14.

It is learnt that the complainant Sanjeev Gupta of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri have additionally been summoned for deposition by Justice Jain.

As in keeping with criticism lodged by Gupta, Tendulkar and Laxman are alleged to be conflicted for their twin roles as contributors of Cricket Advisory Committee and as icon (Tendulkar for Mumbai Indians) and mentor (Laxman for Sunrisers Hyderabad) of IPL teams.

Both cricketers have denied having any conflict and if truth be told blamed BCCI for the mess because the Board by no means mentioned prior to their written submission that there's 'tractable Conflict of Interest" which will also be taken care of on full disclosure.

"Yes, each Tendulkar and Laxman had sought in person deposition prior to the Ethics Officer and as in keeping with rules of herbal justice. Accordingly they've been requested to depose in Delhi on May 14. The timing and venue will be notified later," a top BCCI supply mentioned on conditions of anonymity.

Asked why BCCI CEO Johri has been summoned, the official mentioned: "The BCCI is a celebration to the case and just like in Sourav Ganguly's case, the guardian body will give its view. There were erroneous stories that BCCI may not be represented. CAC is a BCCI subcommittee," the official mentioned.

Tendulkar, in his written submission, had asked Justice Jain to name each Johri and CoA leader Vinod Rai with a purpose to clarify their place.

It is understood that Johri will be representing the CoA.

The Conflict of Interest issue in opposition to all three CAC contributors have put the Board in a decent spot. The BCCI's newly adopted charter's Conflict of Interest clause has some grey areas which many within the Board feel wishes urgent addressing.

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