Former Director General of Police (Rajasthan), Ajit Singh Shekhawat will be appointed as the head of Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) by BCCI. He will replace Neeraj Kumar.
Ajit Singh, an IPS officer of 1982 batch, will be taking charge of the BCCI-ACU before the start of IPL 11 from April 7. "Yes, the BCCI has finalised Mr Ajit Singh's name as the new ACU chief. He has been a decorated officer with speciality in dealing with anti-corruption activities. He fits BCCI's bill perfectly," the BCCI official told PTI.
Ajit Singh’s tenure as the Additional Director of Rajasthan's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) saw 600 cases lodged against erring individuals. A resident of Jaipur, Singh also served as DG (Prison). He has also served as the SP in multiple districts -- Jhalawar, Sawai Madhopur, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Sirohi.
"Considering the number of matches that BCCI holds every year under its aegis which is more than 1500 (all age-groups, senior tournaments, IPL), to perform his duties efficiently, Singh would require at least a 15-member team (permanent staff). Just having temporary ACU officials -- like it is done in first-class games won't be of any help," another BCCI official said.
Neeraj Kumar, former Police Commissioner of Delhi was at the helm, when the 2013 IPL spot fixing scandal was unearthed, which saw arrest of former India player S Seesanth, along with Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan.
Neeraj Kumar also started the practice of giving lectures to age group cricketers on anti-corruption activities. He also headed investigations on now suspended Pune curator Pandurang Salgaocar, who was caught in a sting operation allegedly sharing information with two TV reporters, who posed as bookies.
(With Inputs from PTI)