Andhra Cricket Association vice president Mohan Das on Friday said the cricket administrators are not public servants and hence they will not come under the jurisdiction of Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB).
Speaking to mediapersons on vacation of stay order by Andhra Pradesh High Court on ACB proceedings against the ACA, Mr. Das said that the High Court, had ordered the investigation officers to proceed further to find out whether the petitioners were public servants or not. The ACA had filed a petition urging the High Court to quash the proceedings in Cr. No. 16/RCO-ACB – Vijayawada on July 11, 2011.
“Members of Andhra Cricket Association are not public servants as defined under the Section 2 C of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. They are a bunch of like-minded people who are passionate with cricket. We will cooperate with the investigating officers as per the rule of law,” he said.
Mr. Das said the ACA was funded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and there was no involvement of either State or the Central governments. “Some disgruntled members, who were removed for their ‘anti-association’ activities, are creating legal hurdles for the ACA”.