SC to hear BCCI petition on Thursday

Published: Friday, December 3, 2004, 0:30 [IST]
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New Delhi:The Supreme Court today fixed December 9 for hearing on the petition filed by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) challenging a Madras High Court order restraining the newly elected members of the BCCI from functioning and appointing an administrator in their place.

The date was fixed by a Bench comprising Justice N Santosh Hegde and Justice S B Sinha after counsel for one of the respondents, Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA), submitted that it was filing an application seeking interim orders against the Board.

Senior advocate Fali Nariman, appearing for the MCA, said that taking advantage of the pendency of the case before the apex Court, former president of the Board Jagmohan Dalmiya has assumed the entire charge of the Board and was deciding award of new contracts without even consulting the newly elected body headed by Ranbir Singh Mahendra.

When he mentioned that the telecast rights of the cricket series between India and Pakistan in February next year could also be decided in the interim, the Bench observed that the Board should not decide on awarding of any new contract.

Refuting the allegations, Board's counsel A M Sighvi said that no new contracts have been awarded by the Board and added that the allegations were without any basis.

On October 11, Board's newly elected office bearers were restored to their posts when the Supreme Court stayed the High Court order. However the apex Court had restrained Jagmohan Dalmiya from becoming its patron-in-chief.

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