Contempt petition hearing adjourned to April 21

Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:A city civil court today adjourned to April 21 hearing on the contempt of court case against former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya and his successor Ranbir Singh Mahendra.

The VI Assistant City Civil Court Judge Mohideen Pitchai adjourned the case against Dalmiya, Mahendra, BCCI Secretary S K Nair and International Cricket Council Chief Ehsan Mani after the Board's counsel made a plea to this effect.

In another development, Mahendra filed a counter affidavit seeking dismissal of the contempt petition filed by Sri Theagaraja Recreation Club.

In his affidavit,Mahendra said the applicant had no locus standi or personal right or obligation towards the internal affairs of the Board, in which the Club was not even a member.

The alleged claim on the part of the applicant that there has been a violation of the January 25 last court order, restraining the Board from appointing Dalmiya as its representative to any ICC meeting, was "false apart from being made in utter abuse of the process of justice."

Mahendra contended that the allegation that Dalmiya by attending the ICC meeting on March 17 had committed contempt of court and that by permitting Dalmiya to attend the meeting other "related persons have wilfully disobeyed the court order was totally misconceived and made with ulterior motive."

It was also "misconceived and malafide to allege that only the Board President and the Secretary are entitled to attend the ICC meetings."

Dalmiya was ICC's "continuing" Director of the executive body of the ICC representing the Board and his attendance was "bonafide and with due authorisation," he contended.

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