Agashe plans legal action against BCCI

Published: Thursday, September 30, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:D Agashe of Maharashtra Cricket Association, whose disqualification yesterday led to the defeat of Sharad Pawar in the BCCI presidential election, today said he was contemplating moving the court.

"I am taking legal opinion in the matter and if I am advised then I will move court," Agashe told newsmen here.

Agashe was not allowed to attend the AGM by incumbent president Jagmohan Dalmiya following legal opinion in the matter as besides him another person, S G Thorve also claimed to be a representative of MCA.

Describing his ouster from the meeting as, "Hundred percent unfair and illegal," he said, "You cannot send somebody out without giving a valid reason".

He also said that he had sought a written clarification from the BCCI in the matter after which he might decide to move either the Bombay High Court or the Supreme Court.

The ouster of Agashe, a known supporter of Pawar, led to the Maratha strongman getting tied at 15-15 votes each against Dalmiya backed Ranbir Singh Mahendra. The issue was finally settled with Dalmiya using his casting vote to ensure his candidate's victory.

To a question whether he thought that his ouster from the meeting led to Pawar's defeat, Agashe said, "Everybody knew my vote was with Mr Pawar and because of the unfair decision in my case at least two to three votes changed sides at the last minute".

He, however, said that it was not the question of his personal vote, "It was an injustice to the Maharashtra Cricket Association and this will affect the game of cricket in the state".

Agashe also expressed surprise at the change of stand by Dalmiya.

At the Special General Meeting, held in Chennai on September 12 in which Dalmiya was appointed patron-in-chief, he was allowed to vote despite objections from some quarters.

Agashe was also allowed to attend the working committee meeting earlier.

Asked about Thorve, the other contender from MCA, he said, "Some people who have nothing to do with the game of cricket are trying to interfere. This is bad for cricket".

He also warned that if the situation continued like this Maharashtra crickters might move out to other associations.

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