Sourav Ganguly to Step Down from Mohun Bagan Role to Avoid Conflict of Interest
By Tanushka Gain
on Wed Oct 27 2021
To avoid a possible conflict of interest, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has decided to step down as the director of ATK Mohun Bagan. Which football team owned by Indian business conglomerate RPSG Ventures Limited. Which also won a record INR 7,090 Crore bid on Monday. At least USD 940 million) to buy the Lucknow IPL franchise.
Sourav Ganguly has started the process of stepping down from his role in Mohun Bagan. Which is one of the two most respected and popular clubs in Indian football. Which is part of the Indian Super League. Apart from being one of the directors of the Mohun Bagan board, Sourav Ganguly is also a shareholder. It learned that Sourav Ganguly will step down from Mohun Bagan’s role as long as he is the BCCI President, to avoid conflict.
The issue of conflict came to the fore when Sanjeev Goenka. The owner of Mohun Bagan as well as the vice-president of the as-yet-unknown Lucknow. IPL franchise RPSG, told CNBC-TV18 on Monday that Sourav Ganguly was on the verge of stepping down. Goenka told Business Television Network, “Well, I think he’s going to pull out of Mohun Bagan completely… I think it is today.” “and up to Sourav to announce it. I mean, sorry. think I cleared it already.”
If Sourav Ganguly continues to hold positions in both the BCCI and Mohun Bagan. He will be in violation of the ‘direct or indirect conflict of interest’ rule under the BCCI constitution. The rule states that “when BCCI, a member, IPL or franchisee enters into contractual arrangements with entities. In which the person concerned or his relative, partner or close associate has an interest. Where family members, partners or close associates are in a position. That may be see to compromise the individual’s participation. Performance and discharge of roles.”
This is not the first time that Ganguly involve in a conflict of interest issue related to his BCCI post. In 2019, Ganguly and his former India teammate VVS Laxman to be struggling. To hold more than one position in Indian cricket. Ganguly was then the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal. An advisor to Delhi Capitals in the IPL, and was also working as a TV commentator.