With the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 already underway in full swing, there has been an incident that has put the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) in a spotlight again, following the death of a worker at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Tuesday night. In the CCTV videos, it is seen that Ratan Lal, who has been the dressing room in charge of the DDCA for more than 25 years, along with his son Pankaj walk out of the dressing room with a 32-inch LCD television set. It was accused that Lal had stole the TV set from the dressing room. However, in a tragic turn of the event, Lal passed away on Tuesday night owing to an unfortunate cardiac arrest. DDCA row: Delhi HC grants Kirti Azad exemption from appearance in trial court
“Investigation is still on and Lal’s son will be called for questioning in the coming days,” a senior police officer said, who is investigating the Lal’s case following an FIR, as reported by The Indian Express. Meanwhile, a DDCA representative, Sunil Sharma said, “He has worked here for more than 25 years. Why will he decide to steal a television now? The video doesn’t in anyway show that Lal and his son had fled with the television set. In fact, he had only asked his son to shift it from the dressing room to the store room situated on the ground floor as he feared it would get damaged. The said television set was later duly retrieved on Thursday morning… so how does the question of theft even arise?”
Former Delhi spinner Rahul Sanghvi expressed his grieve over the situation. “This is sad news. I am really not aware of the FIR or any of the other events leading to his death. But all-in-all he was a very able dressing room in-charge. He knew very well what the players wanted and would get everything in order. In fact, he had even travelled with the team on certain occasions. In fact, I could trust him even with my wallet,” he said.