BCCI vice president Niranjan Shah today hit out at Mukherjee for what he called a breach of the Board's "code of conduct" and said the curator cannot escape punishment now.
"Tell me, which other curator in the past has gone and talked to the media like he has done. There is a code of conduct that the Board has established and he should have adhered to it instead of airing his views in the media. He cannot go scot free," Shah, a former secretary of the BCCI, told PTI from Rajkot.
Mukherjee was in the centre of a huge controversy prior to the beginning of the third Test when he termed the demand of India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for a turning track at the Eden as "unethical".
He even threatened to go on medical leave when the BCCI sent East Zone member of the Board's pitches and grounds committee Ashish Bhowmick to oversee the preparation of the wicket, after 83-year-old Mukherjee refused to toe Dhoni's line.
"It is unethical to tamper with the pitch as per the liking of the captain. I have not done it in my life. Why should I do it now? What happens if the pitch does not last for five days? Let them give me in writing then I will do it," the outspoken Mukherjee had maintained. (MORE)