Assam court issues show cause to BCCI

Published: Thursday, March 31, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Hailakandi:A district court here has issued show cause notice to BCCI asking why it should not be directed to stop all financial grants to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association for allowing its affiliate units to initiate legal proceedings against the Board.

The show cause was issued by civil judge M Rahman on a petition moved by Hailakandi Cricket Association, which is an affiliate of the Assam Cricket Association.

Observing that there was a prima-facie case in favour of the petitioner, the judge, however, refused to grant any injunction, but fixed the matter for hearing on April seven.

The petitioner had sought ad-interim injunction restraining BCCI from giving any financial grant to TNCA for its failure to keep control over its affiliate units.

The petitioner alleged that the Board was facing financial losses due to the petitions filed against it and the financial grants to members states for the current year was drastically cut down and as a result it did not get the usual grant from the Assam Cricket Association, which has also been made party in the case.

The petitioner submitted that the ACA communicated to it that financial grants has to be reduced this year due to the revenue loss of BCCI and accordingly it has to be shared by all.

A few smaller cricket clubs in Tamli Nadu, all affiliates of TNCA, had initiated a number of cases against the BCCI and its former president Jagmohan Dalmiya in Chennai on various issues.

The cases were filed during and after the bitterly fought election of the Board at the annual general meeting in Kolkata in September last year in which Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar had lost to Ranbir Singh Mahendra thanks to a casting vote by Dalmiya in the latter's favour.

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