Kochi: Former Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) president T C Mathew, who is facing a slew of corruption charges, has questioned the validity of the KCA-appointed ombudsman which has been inquiring into complaints of irregularities against him.
The KCA-appointed Justice V Ramkumar as its ‘ombudsman-cum-ethics officer’ at a recent central committee meeting. According to Mathew, who is vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the power of appointing the ombudsman rested with the KCA general body.
“The existing governing body’s term had expired in June. The appointment of the ombudsman without the approval of the general body was not legal and valid,” he argued at the sitting held by Justice Ramkumar in Kochi on Thursday.
Dismissing the allegations, the KCA said the ombudsman was appointed by a central council, authorized by the KCA general body, in accordance with the Justice Lodha Committee recommendations.
Mathew also justified his decision to enter the KCA headquarters despite being barred by the ombudsman. He argued that he had the right to attend the general body meeting in the capacity of the Idukki District Cricket Association secretary.
The next hearing is scheduled for December 6.