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Cuttack: Jailed former Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Asirbad Behera’s son Sanjay on Friday filed his nomination for the secretary’s post, election for which will be held on September 27.
On Thursday, Sanjay had claimed that a conspiracy had been hatched by his opponents to prevent the group supported by his father from winning the election.
His statement had come in the wake of the CBI arresting the former OCA secretary for his alleged involvement in the Artha Tatwa (AT) group chit fund scam.
Sanjay, who was the secretary of Football Association of Odisha, and had resigned from the post to contest in the OCA election, submitted his papers to election officer M L Majumdar.
“I want to carry forward my father’s contribution to the growth of cricket in the state,” said Sanjay who filed his papers as a voter representing the District Athletic Association (DAA), Cuttack.
Asirbad was at the helm of OCA for four consecutive terms from 2000 onwards till he quit in February 2017 following the Supreme Court direction to implement the Lodha committee reforms.
Asirbad is no longer eligible to contest the election as he is above 70 years of age and has served OCA for a cumulative period of over nine years. But he is still perceived as a key person in the affairs of OCA and continues to be a voter, representing Cuttack-based Rising Student Club.
His arrest and subsequent jail had led to speculations about whether he would be eligible to cast his vote. But chairman of OCA adhoc working committee, Dhiren Pallai, said, “As per the existing norms prescribed in the new constitution of OCA, under which the election will be held, there is no bar on Asirbad Behera to cast his vote.”
Nabaranjan Patanaik, representing city-based Mangala Club, filed his nomination for the secretary’s post. Former OCA treasurer Pradeep Chauhan, who is also the secretary of Union Sporting Club, and Pankaj Lochan Mohanty, representing Boudh District Cricket Association, filed their nomination for the president’s post. Eight other nominations were filed for the posts of vice-president, joint secretary, treasurer and apex council member.
According to the election schedule, the nomination papers will be scrutinised on Saturday and valid list of candidates will be declared by 6 pm on Sunday.
Meanwhile, two petitions were filed in Orissa high court on Friday challenging the final electoral roll published by the OCA. The two petitions challenged the inclusion of one Anup Kumar Patra as a voter representing the District Athletic Association, Koraput.



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