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Destiny of Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah in focus as Supreme Court docket begins listening to BCCI plea to amend structure


The Supreme Court docket has begun listening to the BCCI’s plea requesting a number of amendments to its structure, which might roll again a number of the most important reforms beneficial by the RM Lodha Committee and authorized by the courtroom in 2018.

A two-judge bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli heard the BCCI authorized counsel Tushar Mehta, who can be solicitor basic of India, together with amicus curiae Maninder Singh. The courtroom additionally heard the Cricket Affiliation of Bihar, the unique litigant that had filed a petition in opposition to the BCCI following the 2013 IPL corruption scandal, which ultimately led to the overhaul of the BCCI’s structure.

The courtroom stated it will resume the listening to on Wednesday afternoon, with none indication whether or not it will go a judgement on the identical day.

Tuesday was the primary time in two years that the courtroom was listening to the BCCI plea, initially filed in December 2019. The board then filed a contemporary software in April 2020 and has not too long ago been urgent the courtroom to listen to the matter urgently contemplating the end result would have a major bearing on the BCCI’s elections scheduled for late September.

Among the many key reforms the BCCI has requested the courtroom to overview are the obligatory cooling-off interval for its office-bearers, modifying the disqualification standards for holding workplace, giving unprecedented powers to the board secretary, and stopping the courtroom from having a say if the BCCI desires to change its structure sooner or later. (Learn extra on BCC’s proposed amendments right here)

As per the BCCI’s re-drafted structure, which got here into impact in 2018, an office-bearer/administrator has to go on a three-year cooling-off interval having accomplished two consecutive phrases (six years) both at a state affiliation or within the BCCI, or a mix of each. That particular person additionally mechanically turns into ineligible to contest, or maintain, any place – at each state or BCCI – through the cooling-off interval.

In 2018, the courtroom had relaxed cooling-off interval norm that was initially acknowledged within the Lodha Committee’s suggestions, which was the idea of the BCCI’s new structure. As per the Lodha Committee suggestions, an office-bearer – on the BCCI or the state associations – would wish to take a three-year break having served one time period of three years. Nevertheless, the courtroom tweaked that clause, permitting an office-bearer to serve two consecutive phrases (six years) on the state affiliation or the BCCI, or a mix of each, whereas retaining the utmost tenure of 9 years at one organisation (state or board).

By the way, the 2018 courtroom judgement was handed by Justice Chandrachud, who had stated: “permitting a person to behave as an workplace bearer for six years in continuation is a sufficiently lengthy interval for expertise and information gained to be deployed within the curiosity of the sport with out on the similar time leading to a monopoly of energy.” The cooling-off interval, Justice Chandrachud stated, was mandatory as a result of it will act as a “safeguard” in opposition to “vested private pursuits”, as nicely guarantee in opposition to the “focus of energy in a couple of arms” whereas encouraging extra directors to realize expertise.

“Cooling off have to be accepted as a way to forestall a couple of people from concerning the administration of cricket as a private turf,” Justice Chandrachud had written in his judgement. “The sport shall be higher off with out cricketing oligopolies.”

In October 2019, a new BCCI administration was elected with Sourav Ganguly as president, Jay Shah as secretary, Arun Dhumal as treasurer, and Jayesh George as joint secretary. Inside two months of taking cost, the Ganguly administration moved the courtroom contesting the cooling-off interval: it wished the cooling-off interval to come back into impact after the office-bearer had been in a submit for six consecutive years at one place – both a state affiliation or the BCCI, however not a mix of each. That is the purpose each Mehta, Singh and senior authorized counsel Kapil Sibal, representing the Tamil Nadu Cricket Affiliation, reiterated.

At current, all 5 BCCI office-bearers together with vice-president Rajiv Shukla have completed six consecutive years in some workplace, having earlier served at their respective state associations earlier than changing into BCCI office-bearers. Ganguly was meant to begin his cooling-off interval after July 2020, having begun as secretary on the Cricket Affiliation of Bengal in 2014, following which he grew to become the affiliation’s president in 2015, and was re-elected in September 2019 earlier than transferring to the BCCI. As for Shah, he was elected joint secretary of the Gujarat Cricket Affiliation (GCA) in 2014. The inner information of the GCA counsel Shah’s tenure began on September 8, 2013. In Shukla’s case, he’s ineligible to proceed as a BCCI office-bearer on the idea of his being a Member of Parliament – as per the board’s structure a politician can’t function an office-bearer.

Not everybody agrees with the BCCI, together with Subramaniam Swamy, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Celebration that leads the Indian authorities. In response to Bar and Bench, an Indian authorized web site, Swamy has filed a petition within the courtroom contesting the BCCI, saying its plea was geared toward “negating and destroying” the cooling-off interval, “leading to a monopoly of energy within the hand of few people”, and “destroying the quintessence” of the 2018 Supreme Court docket judgement.

Nagraj Gollapudi is information editor at ESPNcricinfo




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