High Court appointed Interim Administrator

Published: Saturday, October 9, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:High Court appointed Interim Administrator of the Cricket Board Justice (retd) S Mohan could not take charge today after being greeted by locked doors at the BCCI head office here.

Mohan, who reached the BCCI office here this morning following the Madras High Court order yesterday restraining the newly-elected office bearers of BCCI from functioning, was "shocked" to see the locked doors.

"I am very shocked. I has come here out of respect for the High court order and this is the treatment that I get," said Mohan.

"It is a very sorry state of affairs. I had come to take over as Interim Administrator as per the order of the High Court but I have been prevented from doing so," he said.

Asked whether the Board had been informed about his arrival, he said "they had all been informed through the High Court Order." Mohan said that he would not interfere in cricketing matters of the Board like team selections.

"I won't interfere with the game of cricket at all. I will write to everybody concerned -- state associations, banks and committees and say that I have taken over as Interim Administrator as per the High Court order."

Asked whether he would appoint an ad hoc committee, he said, "I may have to. But I don't intend to interfere in the running of cricket.

Asked if he will look into the TV rights issue, he said "I am yet to take over. I will go over the files first. TV rights may come up, right now it is sub judice."

On whether he would come back on Monday, he said, "I have some personal plans, I will have to go back."

Meanwhile, a top Board source said the office was locked because the staff were given off to compensate for 'Ganesh Visarjan' on September 27.

Mohan, who played as an off-spinner for Triplicane club, stayed at the premises for about 25 minutes after which he left in a police van with about dozen armed personnel.

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