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Why BCCI banned journalist Boria Majumdar

'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,' the board's email read

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The BCCI has imposed a two-year on journalist Boria Majumdar after its three-member committee found him guilty of intimidating India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha over an interview request.

The incident came to light after Saha posted a series of tweets on February 19 which captured screenshots of the scribe’s threatening messages.

Through an email on 4 May, the interim CEO of BCCI, Hemang Amin, told all the affiliated units in different states that the board was punishing the journalist and the associated units of the board must comply with the order. “The key issues for deliberation for the BCCI Committee in the matter was to ascertain if the messages sent by the journalist were in the nature of threat and intimidation. 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. The committee recommended the following sanctions to the Apex Council of BCCI,” the email read.

“The Apex Council of BCCI agreed with the recommendations and imposed the following sanctions: (i) 2-year on getting any accreditation as a member of the press in any of the matches (domestic and international) in India; (ii) 2-year ban on getting any interview with any registered players in India; and (iii) 2-year on access to any of BCCI and members associations owned facilities.”

The committee comprising BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla, treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal and apex council member Prabhtej Singh Bhatia was set up on 25 February after Saha tweeted a screenshot of messages he had received from the journalist on 19 February after the wicketkeeper-batsman was out of India’s test squad for the series against Sri Lanka that was about to start back then.

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