Najam Sethi’s dilemma — trying to save his reputation through legal battle with Mani
October 29, 2018
By Nazim Malik
How interesting it is. Former PCB chairman Najam Sethi has sent a legal notice to incumbent boss Ehsan Mani for releasing the details of millions of rupees expenditures spent on him (Sethi) during his tenure 2014-18. Instead of saying sorry for using the taxpayers money he is trying to save his image as he has joined his old profession – Journalism — on the platform of Aftab Iqbal’s AAP News to be launched soon where he will be soon seen giving lectures on morality.
According to a document released by the PCB, Najam Sethi spent Rs70.19 million during his tenure from 2014 to 2018 on his foreign tours and other matters. Sethi received Rs 10.5 million under Pakistan Super League (PSL) allowance, Rs8.3 million under car, fuel, personalsecurity and driver expenses.
Furious Sethi in his legal notice denied ever receiving “an amount or Rs14,181,570 as PSL Allowance”, while countering with an allegation of his own that Mani has been provided a furnished apartment by the board — which, he implies, negates the current PCB chair’s claim that he is not getting and accommodation allowance.
Sethi said every single one of these allowances/payments were duly authorised and approved by the PCB’s Board of Governors. “PCB failed to inform its accounts were audited by two external auditors”. He also talked about the payments, increments and allowances paid to Chief Financial Officer Badar Manzur and Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmed. Sethi wants Mani to apologise and withdraw the report or else he will take legal action under the Defamation Ordinance, 2002.
Sethi should have shown a big gesture declaring that he will return the whole amount spent on him. Sethi already is making big money from media industry…so is this idea not workable? – Pak Destiny
Sethi also pocketed Rs20.36 million under foreign tours, while received Rs900,000 for fuel of his car.
On the other hand, Shehryar Khan as PCB chairman pocketed Rs10.94 million and Rs8 million had been spent on the 80-year-old board chairman.