Former PCB chairman Najam Sethi on Monday sent a legal notice to his successor and incumbent board chief Ehsan Mani for allegedly maligning him.
The legal notice sent to Mani claims that the recently released numbers by the PCB regarding Sethi's remuneration and benefits received were "incorrect, misleading, grossly exaggerated and deliberately calculated to hurt" his reputation.
On October 27, the cricket board published details of the expenses incurred during Sethi’s terms as PCB chairman and Chairman of the PCB's Executive Committee.
As per the PCB document, Sethi spent over Rs71 million in total— Rs31,115,180 during his four years as Chairman of the Executive Committee and Rs40,837,521 as PCB Chairman.
Terming the details as “deliberately misleading and defamatory”, the legal notice said the PCB document presents "incorrect figures, withholds information and deliberately avoids noting that all payments in question were authorised by the PCB's Governing Board under the relevant rules".
The legal notice stated that Sethi was never paid the amount Rs14 million as 'PSL Allowance', as claimed in the PCB document.
The notice further rejected PCB's claim that no amount was paid to Ehsan Mani as 'Accommodation Allowance'.
"This is deliberately misleading. Mr Ehsan Mani is currently being provided a furnished apartment in lieu of his Accomodation Allowance," it said.
Sethi also points out that in 2017 the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sport had recommended that he be given "appropriate allowance for his successful staging of the PSL".
In the light of this, Sethi concludes that the purpose for the PCB to release such figures was "to malign" him "presumably at the behest of Imran Khan".
Sethi goes on to ask the board chairman to apologize and withdraw the report or else he will take legal action under the Defamation Ordinance, 2002.
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