New Delhi: Eminent historian Ramchandra Guha refused to accept payments for his tenure in the Committee of Administrators (CoA), whose tenure was completed on Wednesday.
The Vinod Rai-led CoA was originally a four-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court on January 30, 2017. Guha and banker Vikram Limaye had resigned from the CoA earlier. Guha resigned from the CoA in July 2017, citing personal reasons, while Limaye put in his papers subsequently to take charge as the managing director and CEO of National Stock Exchange (NSE).
The 61-year old Guha was supposed to receive Rs 40 lakh and Limaye Rs 50.50 lakh for the period they served the CoA. Rai and fellow panel member Diana Edulji will be getting around Rs 3.5 crore each for their 33-month tenure.
The historian has said that he had made it clear in the first meeting of the CoA that he would not take any compensation for the job stating that it was not his current position. Limaye has also refused to accept the payment due to him, citing the same reason.
Guha was, in fact, not happy with the functioning of the CoA. According to him CoA did not do enough to implement the reforms mandated by the apex court. He was also critical of the BCCI functioning.
Following his resignation from CoA, Guha, however, created a storm in the Indian cricket world by raising the issue of conflict of interest with regard to players and coaches holding multiple positions. He also criticised the “superstar culture” in Indian cricket team asserting that Anil Kumble as the then coach of the national team should have got an extention. Kumble stepped down after a public fallout with captain Virat Kohli following the Champions Trophy in 2017.