BCCI members differ over appointment of committees

Published: Sunday, June 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are at odds over the letters of appointment of the disciplinary committee and seeking their views on ordinances passed by some state governments, which 'amounts to drifting away from the BCCI constitution.'

Former BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur, who analysed these decisions at the BCCI's working Committee meeting at Thiruvananthpuram early this month and also the formation of the marketing committee, told PTI over phone from New York that they were against the doctrine of 'fairness' and 'good faith', as directed by the Supreme Court ruling in January this year.

The Apex Court, acting on a petition by BCCI, had observed that the 'Board is bound to follow the doctrine of fairness and good faith in all its activities. Having regard to the fact that it has to fulfil the hopes and aspirations of millions, it has a duty to act, reasonably. As the Board controls the profession of cricketers, its actions are required to be judged and viewed by higher standards'.

He objected to two recent letters by BCCI on deciding to appoint a disciplinary committee (letter from Ranbir Singh) through a resolution and the other (S K Nair), seeking views on some governments passing ordinances and said 'the very meaning and purpose of having a Constitution in the Board is lost'.

Quoting from Singh's letter, he said it stated 'it has become necessary and expedient to appoint a disciplinary committee in the larger interest of the game and for transparent regulation of administrative acts and conduct. "Does it mean transparency did not exist before?'', he asked.

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