Dalmiya gets into another legal wrangle

Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Patna:Beleaguered Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya has got into yet another controversy for having granted 'illegal approval' to a faction of the Bihar Cricket Association to convene a meeting on August 15 and allowed it to rename itself as Jharkhand State Cricket Association in violation of an undertaking before the court.

''The holding of the meeting finished the BCA identity and flouted the undertaking before the court,'' Patna District Cricket Association secretary and petitioner Ajiteshwar Prasad Jittu said in his contempt application filed in the court of 1st class magistrate S N Singh, who yesterday issued notice to the office-bearers of the newly constituted Jharkhand State Cricket Association, Dalmiya and BCCI secretary S Nair.

The petitioner, Jittu, himself an advocate, argued before the court that formation of the JSCA was 'illegal' as it violated the undertaking given to the Ist class magistrate court in 2002 by the two factions of the BCA headed by RJD president Lalu Prasad and an IPS officer of the Jharkhand cadre Amitabh Chaudhary.

The two were stated to have undertaken before the court in 2002 that they would work 'in unison' under the BCA.

Jittu alleged that the August 15, 2004 meeting, called at the directive of Dalmiya, was 'unauthorised, illegal and undemocratic' as 'bonafide' members of the BCA which governed cricket in undivided Bihar were not informed on time.

The court will next hear the matter on October 4.

''By allowing the Chaudhary-led BCA to change its name to JSCA, Dalmiya has obliterated the identity of the BCA. This is unacceptable to us,'' Jittu said in his petition.

The existence of the BCA has been under cloud ever since the bifurcation of Bihar and creation of Jharkhand.

Two organisations by the name of BCA - one led by an IPS officer of Jharkhand cadre Amitabh Chaudhary - and another headed by RJD strongman Lalu Prasad - functioned in Jharkhand and Bihar respectively after the bifurcation.

Another body aspiring to control cricket in Bihar, Association of Bihar Cricket was floated by former India cricket star-turned-politician Kirti Azad.

After formation of JSCA in place of BCA, the BCA, led by Lalu Prasad, and Azad's ABC were left to fend for themselves.

Azad had yesterday appealed to the Lalu-led BCA faction to bury the hatchet and come together to boost their chance of getting BCCI affiliation.

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