In a rare move, BCCI bans journo Boria Majumdar but who was behind him?
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has imposed a two-year ban on controversial sports journalist Boria Majumdar for “bullying” senior wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha and barred him from interviewing registered players and entering stadiums in the country. According to a communication by BCCI, sent to its State units on May 3, Majumdar won’t be given media accreditation for two years as part of the sanctions ratified by the Apex Council of the cricketing body.
On February 25, the BCCI had formed a three-member committee a few days after Saha alleged on social media that he was bullied for an interview. Majumdar has invited many controversies due to his bullying nature in many TV shows. While Saha had initially refused to name the journalist, he later identified the scribe as Majumdar while deposing before the three-member committee, which comprised BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla, BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal and BCCI councilor Prabhtej Singh Bhatia.
Majumdar could not be reached for comment following the BCCI directive but a few days back he had accused Saha of doctoring and tampering with the screenshots of his WhatsApp chats with the cricketer for damaging his reputation. BCCI interim CEO and IPL COO Hemang Amin in a letter to the State units wrote, “Mr. Wriddiman Saha has shared screenshots of messages sent by a journalist on the social media platform, Twitter, wherein he stated that he felt bullied by the conduct of the said journalist. Mr. Saha in the hearing named Mr. Boria Majumdar as the journalist.”
Amin further stated, “The BCCI Committee considered the submissions by both Mr. Saha and Mr. Majumdar and concluded that the actions by Mr. Majumdar were indeed in the nature of threat and intimidation.” According to Amin, the committee recommended three sanctions to the Apex Council, which ratified them.
The sanctions imposed are – a 2-year ban on getting any accreditation as a member of the press in any of the cricket matches (domestic and international) in India, a 2-year ban on getting any interview with any registered players in India and 2 years ban on access to any of the BCCI and member associations owned cricket facilities. The top BCCI official has asked all the State units to facilitate compliance with the sanctions in their respective associations.
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Well done extend this scheme of banning to all those Lutyens media who spread fake or false news.