The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association has filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking directions to dissolve the Committee of Administrators in the Board of Control for Cricket in India for not adhering to orders passed by this Hon’ble Court.
The plea indicts the CoA for not having ‘incorporated all the suggestions’ of the Lodha panel, as approved by the SC, in the revised BCCI constitution registered in Chennai last month, states a Times of India report.
TNCA in its petition has also accused the CoA of exceeding its brief in drafting the new constitution.
The TNCA has asked the Court to constitute a committee of former BCCI presidents and office-bearers to supervise the board’s administration. The TNCA has also prayed to the Court to empower the committee to file a draft constitution in accordance with the Justice (retd) RM Lodha committee report as accepted by the Apex Court.
The TNCA has pleaded in the Supreme Court to “allow the present application and issue a direction dissolving the Committee of Administrators for having acted contrary to the mandate of the orders passed by this Hon’ble Court; allow the present application and issue a direction appointing a committee of former presidents and office bearers of the BCCI to supervise the management of the BCCI; allow the present application and issue a direction to the aforementioned committee to file a draft constitution in accordance with the suggestions of Justice Lodha Committee Report as accepted by this Hon’ble Court by judgment dated 18/07/2016 and the issues highlighted by this Hon’ble Court in its order dated 24/07/2017.”
“This Hon’ble Court directed the CoA to prepare a draft constitution in terms of the main judgment dated 18-7-2016 as well as the order dated 24-7-2017. By the order dated 24-7-2017 passed by this Hon’ble Court, all concerned directed to implement the recommendations of the Justice Lodha committee report as far as practicable, barring the issues which had been raised pertaining to membership, number of members of the selection committee, the concept of associate membership, etc,” the petition states further. “That contrary to the aforesaid mandate, the COA incorporated various provisions which were neither recommended by the Justice Lodha Committee nor were part of the issues indicated by this Hon’ble Court in its order dated 24/07/2017.”
“In total disregard of their duties and responsibilities and the mandate of this Hon’ble Court as expressed in its orders dated 23/08/2017 and 21/09/2017 and the judgment dated 09/08/2018, the COA got the constitution of the BCCI, containing the said additional provisions, registered with the Registrar of Societies at Chennai. For this deliberate act of the COA in defiance of the orders passed by this Hon’ble Court, it is respectfully submitted that the COA deserves to be dissolved,” the plea says.
The TNCA petition also sought clarification on the nine-year cap on cricket administration, whether it’s nine years in total or nine years each in both State and BCCI.
It also reminded the Court in its order dated 24/03/2017 which had clarified that if a person held the post of office bearer in respect of a State Association for a period of nine years, he will not be disqualified to contest for the post of office bearer of BCCI.