SC to hear plea by BCCI jt secy challenging CoA directives

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a petition by Amitabh Chaudhary, BCCI joint secretary, alleging that the court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) is not permitting office-bearers to perform their duties.

Justice Dipak Misra, who heads the Bench hearing the BCCI case, agreed to hear the petition on an early date after consulting his colleagues on the Bench, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.

In his application, Chaudhary said the court had made it clear that the CoA would supervise the implementation of reforms, and the senior-most vice-president would perform the duties of president and the joint secretary that of secretary of the BCCI.

Chaudhary alleged that the CoA had now authorised chief executive officer Rahul Johri to deal with legal matters and the cases filed by and against the cricket body.

However, the BCCI constitution provides that such powers would be exercised by its secretary, the plea said adding that several activities, including the junior team selection, were stuck as the office-bearers were not allowed to function.

Chaudhary said the four members of the CoA, headed by former CAG Vinod Rai, were persons of proven credentials, but they were not following the court directions.

In a related development, 22 cricket associations affiliated to the BCCI, led by Tamil Nadu strongman N Srinivasan, have opposed the recent directives issued by the CoA on cumulative nine-year tenure.

According to the CoA, the fresh directive was passed due to lack of clarity in the orders passed by the Supreme Court on January 2, 3 and 20.

The state units have now written a letter to the COA, stating that they have overstepped in their defined role.

“We disagree with your views that there is lack of clarity in Supreme Court orders. There has been no recommendations in the Lodha Committee report or any Supreme Court order pertaining to the disqualification criteria. As far as tenure is concerned, the Supreme Court has made it clear in its January 20 order that the nine-year tenure is seperate for the BCCI and state associations. We feel you’ll have overstepped your defined role and gone beyond the orders of the court,” an excerpt from the letter reads.

The letter also said that the CoA should defer their directives till the Supreme Court takes up the matter for hearing on March 27.

As per the CoA directive, the state units have been given time till March 1 to furnish details of the members who are disqualified under the prescribed criteria.