Akram not guilty in selection row, UPCA Lokpal gives clean chit

Lucknow, Oct 25:  The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association ombudsman has given clean chit to IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla's former assistant Akram Saifi in the alleged selection racket. Three months after accusations surfaced against Saifi, UPCA ombudsman and retired judge Justice Chandramouli Kumar Prasad gave clean chit terming allegations against Saifi levelled by Rahul Sharma to be “untrue, untrustworthy and fit to be rejected”. In his report, Prasad said that Sharma had made the allegations out of "frustration" and withdrew them later. Prasad termed the allegations as a case of "loose talk by an individual to tarnish image of an organisation".Prasad, in his report,  said that he had asked Sharma to submit evidence and explain the allegations in detail. In response Sharma submitted an affidavit seeking withdrawal of allegations. “At the outset, he submitted an affidavit dated 26th July 2018, wherein he has stated that he seeks to withdraw the allegations made on national news and that he does not want to proceed further. He (Sharma) has further requested in the affidavit that the issue/matter may be closed,” Prasad said in report which was submitted to the UPCA.

Also Read: Can't play cricket with Pak without Govt okay, no need to pay damages to PCB: Rajeev Shukla“When asked the reasons for withdrawal of allegations, he stated that he had made these allegations due to frustration for not being selected for the state cricket team,” report added.The report also gave clean chit to the selection process.  “He stated that Akram projected himself to be a person who had a say in matter of selection of the cricket team by the UPCA, but subsequently, clarified that those statements were not made seriously. Nevertheless, the Complainant also said that after actually participating in and experiencing the actual selection, he is of the view that it is robust and streamlined and is not capable of being manipulated by any one individual, whether it is Akram or even an office bearer of the UPCA,” said Prasad in his report.Akram had denied the sex-for-selection allegations hurled at him by Sharma and had resigned as personal executive to IPL chairman. Later, the UPCA had  ordered probe in the matter by its ombudsman.News24 Bureau