Mumbai: Members' letter sparks controversy on eve of MIG cricket club elections

Updated: Jan 20, 2018, 13:41 IST | Hemal Ashar

An MIG cricket club member Chetan Mehta has bowled a googly on the eve of the club elections slated for Sunday, January 21

MIG cricket club
MIG cricket club

An MIG cricket club member Chetan Mehta has bowled a googly on the eve of the club elections slated for Sunday, January 21. Mehta who says he has been a member of the Bandra (E) club "since two decades" has written a letter to Ganesh Iyer, 'Returning Officer' (one who oversees the elections) of the club. In this letter dated January 17, a copy of which is with mid-day, Mehta has in a nutshell challenged current MIG President Subodh Kulkarni's credentials of being a doctorate or PhD and asked the club to furnish proof that he is a PhD, of which thesis and whether the doctorate is an honorary one.

Credentials please
In the letter dated January 17, Chetan writes that, "we would request you to ask for the original certificate of Mr. Subodh Kulkarni's doctorate degree, which we want to verify as well as we also would like to verify for authentication that his Doctorate degree is the degree obtained by writing theses or it is given honorary to him."

Mehta said that, "By using this degree on the election propaganda Subodh Kulkarni is trying to gain undue advantage and support from club members. By saying he is a doctorate he is misleading the electorate." Mehta has sent a reminder to Iyer on January 18, "but I have not got any reply from him," he said.

Learned person
Kulkarni brushed aside Mehta's claims saying, "First of all, I should not respond to him (Mehta). Why is Mehta writing all this? It is because of an earlier court case decision, which went against him and his group." Kulkarni then added, that, "I think Iyer though has already replied to Mehta. I am a PhD (doctorate). I am a learned person, I work with an MNC," he finished.

The MIG club holds elections every two years. Kulkarni is contesting for a place on the committee again. Once the committee is elected then, it is the committee which elects the president. Iyer refused to comment on the matter, saying, "Be ing a neutral election officer, it would be wrong on my part to comment on the controversy to the press."

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