Telangana official sought free tickets for IPL final, invites trouble

In a shocking move, a Telangana official landed in soup after he sought 300 free tickets for the Indian Premier League (IPL) final that held in Uppal stadium, Hyderabad. The letter written by K Pradeep Rao, District Prohibition and Excise Officer of Medchal-Malkajgiri District, to the chief executive officer of the Hyderabad Cricket Association did rounds on social media which came to the notice of higher-ups and have sought action against him.

“Kind attention is invited to the subject cited and requesting to provide (300) IPL cricket match tickets for the upcoming final match to be held on 12-05-2019 so as to provide the same to the higher authorities of the department,” Pradeep Rao wrote in an official letter with stamp and seal on May 9.

Justifying the letter, the official said many people sought tickets during cricket matches and the Board of Control for Cricket in India normally asked them to send the request. When contacted, Special Chief Secretary (Commercial Taxes and Excise) Somesh Kumar said the government took a serious view of the letter written by his department official.

“This official wrote a letter (for tickets). We have taken basically a serious view. As a first step we are issuing a charge memo (to him) and further action will follow,” Mr Kumar said.

Recently, the central deputation tenure of senior bureaucrat Gopal Krishan Gupta, who had sought complimentary passes for IPL matches from Delhi cricket association, had been curtailed and he was sent back to his cadre railway ministry.