Vinod Tihara will continue to hold the office of the secretary in the Delhi and District Cricket Association. The Delhi High Court has declined to overrule the order of the Additional District Judge which restrained the DDCA from the execution of the Board of Directors decision to suspend the association secretary.
The Delhi High Court observation means Vinod Tihara will be the competent authority to perform the duties of the DDCA secretary’s till the time the Additional District Judge’s court or the DDCA ombudsman, Mr Justice (retd) Badar Durrez Ahmed rule otherwise.
The DDCA had challenged the ADJ’s order to stay the Tihara’s suspension from the secretary’s office.
“The Delhi and District Cricket Association is restrained from obstructing the Respondent No. 1 (Secretary Vinod Tihara) in discharge of his duties and functions as Secretary, Delhi and District Cricket Association to the extent that he functions in accordance with the Articles of Associations of the DDCA till adjudication of the application…. Before the learned Trial Court or till the adjudication by the learned ombudsman,” observed the Delhi High Court while disposing off the DDCA appeal against the ADJ’s order to grant a stay on the exaction of Tihara’s suspension.
The court also observed that “there is no infirmity in the impugned order… of the learned Additional District Judge where by an ex parte interim restraint was granted against appellant (DDCA) and which ex-parte restraint was not vacated”.
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The DDCA President, on August 14, had called an emergency meeting of the Executive Council after Tihara had attempted to stall the appointments and decisions, which he had claimed that the President had taken in violation of norms and the Supreme Court guidelines.
In the meeting, also attended by Tihara, 12 of the 15 members had voted to suspend the Tihara for his attempt to challenge the “functional powers of the (DDCA) president”.
Tihara had claimed that he was appointed by the 4,300-strong General Body of the DDCA and the Board of Directors was not empowered to suspend him.
Cricket and the cricketers will become the biggest sufferers for this stalemate in the governing body for the sports in the Capital. Also, the money meant for the sport’s and sportspersons’ welfare is being spent on avoidable legal disputes.