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MCA bans Ratnakar Shetty over 'black-marketing' remarks

Mumbai: The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Tuesday banned BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty from taking part in its activities for five years.

Shetty had reportedly been warned by the Association after he accused some of its members of black marketing of tickets.

He had been given time till early last week to respond to the showcause notice.

Shetty vows to fight it out

Professor Ratnakar Shetty slammed the MCA decision saying it was a personal vendetta and vowed to challenge it legally. "I have raised an issue at the AGM of the Association pertaining to the misuse of MCA funds and have done nothing wrong," said Shetty in a statement.

"This is a personal vendetta by people who want to make sure that I do not contest the next elections and also because their ego was hurt that the two anti club resolutions proposed by the managing committee had to be taken back by the Chairman after he sensed the mood of the house after I raised the issue on behalf of the members," he said.

"I will fight this kind of undemocratic decisions both within the association and legally," Shetty added. The seasoned administrator was banned for alleging that some MCA office-bearers could have sold the tickets for the T20 International between India and Pakistan played at Ahmedabad last December in the black market.

"Yes. He has been banned for five years from representing any club under MCA's jurisdiction. It does not prevent him from coming to MCA's premises," MCA president Ravi Savant told PTI.

"We have not prevented him from earning his bread and butter," added Savant. The ban is effective till June 2, 2018 and Prof Shetty is to challenge it in a court of law. Shetty is the BCCI's General Manager, Game Development, and the Board's office is in the same building as the MCA at the Wankhede Stadium.

Savant further said that the ban has been imposed for his allegations against some MCA office-bearers, regarding a December 28 T20 match, which have been found untrue after the association conducted an inquiry.

The decision to ban Shetty, who has been associated with the MCA for several years and served it in the capacity of committee member, secretary, treasurer and vice president, was taken on May 14 by the managing committee.

With additional information from PTI

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