BCCI general meeting adjourned till Oct 26

Published: Thursday, September 30, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The annual general meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was adjourned till October 26 to take up two pending agenda with regard to appointment of Jagmohan Dalmiya as the patron in-chief.

Announcing the decision, president-elect Ranbir Singh Mahendra said that the AGM had to be adjourned as it could not complete its business because of a stay order passed by a Chennai court.

He said that the meeting would be reconvened on October 26 to complete the business.

Mahendra said that the two agenda related to the confirmation of the minutes of the Board's special general meeting on September 12 and representation of the Board at the International Cricket Council (ICC), Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and other international bodies.

The SGM in Chennai had earlier decided to appoint outgoing president Jagmohan Dalmiya as the patron-in-chief for three years with authority to represent the Board at all the international forums. The appointment had to be confirmed by the AGM.

The AGM, however, could not take up the agenda as a Chennai court stayed its confirmation till October 11 on a petition filed by Bharathi Cricket Club of Chennai.

The Board has already filed a revision petition before the Madras High Court against the order. The matter would come up for hearing tomorrow.

Mahendra, however, said that the pending agenda would be taken up by the AGM subject to the vacation of the court's stay.

This unprecedented situation, however, created a strange scenario for the Board since as per its provisions the new set of office bearers could not take office until the AGM was completed on October 26.

Mahendra also conceded that as per rules the existing set of officer-bearers are there till the termination of the AGM but in view of the injunction the AGM has not been terminated, only adjourned.

He, however, said that it was an internal administrative matter and, "For all practical purposes I am the president of the Board".

When he was asked what was the current status of outgoing president Dalmiya, he said he would not comment on that as it was a subjudice matter.

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