Cricket club files suit regarding BCCI election

Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Fearing that elections to the Cricket Board would not be conducted in a free and fair manner, a city cricket club files a suit in Madras High Court today seeking appintment of an independent authority to oversee the elections.

The elections are slated to be held during the BCCI's Annual General Body meeting in Kolkata on September 22 and 23.

"It is necessary that an independent authority be appointed to act as chairman of the BCCI in the said AGM so as to ensure that the conduct of the election is totally fair and transparent," the plaintiff, Netaji Cricket Club, a member of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, contended.

Submitting that elections to the managing committee of the BCCI are scheduled to be held on September 22, the club apprehended that Board President Ranbir Singh Mahindra, who is again contesting for the post, would allegedly misuse his powers as the chairman of the AGM to subserve his ulterior motives and that of former BCCI and ICC President Jagmohan Dalmia.

Contending that it was necessary to safeguard the honour of the country and to ensure that a body which represented the country did not bring disrepute to it due to malafide actions of its officials, the planitiff said an independent authority should be appointed, having absolute powers to scrutinise and approve the list of representatives for member associations, eligible to vote in the AGM.

The club alleged that Mahendra was totally controlled by Dalmia and would act only at his behest. This, the club alleged, was evident from the fact that despite an injunction by a city civil court, restraining the BCCI from nominating Dalmia as its representative at meetings of the ICC, the Board had permitted him to attend the ICC meeting earlier in March this year.

NCC said it also apprehended that if Mahendra chaired the AGM, he would ensure that a set of office bearers were elected, who would nominate Dalmia as patron-in-chief of BCCI and its representative in ICC meetings.

Besides, if allowed to chair the meeting, Mahendra would follow the example of Dalmia and disqualify affiliated associations not supporting him from voting in the AGM, the club alleged. On a suit from the club last year, which had also sought appointment of an independent authority to conduct elections to the BCCI on September 29 and 30 last, retired Supreme Court Judge Justice S Mohan was appointed as commissioner to conduct the elections.

The club also sought a declaration that candidates who are nominees of an eligible zone or nominees of members of an eligible zone, be entitled to contest for various posts to the BCCI's managing committee at AGM.

The club sought a direction to West Bengal Cricket Association President Jagmohan Dalmiya, his men or agents not to interfere in any manner in the conduct of the board elections.

The club prayed for a permanent injunction to restrain BCCI, TNCA, Mahendra and Dalmiya from in any way interfering with the right of the nominee of the eligible zone to contest for various posts of the managing committee.

It also sought to restrain them from disqualifying the eligible nominees of eligible zones or persons proposed by any member of eligible zones from contesting for posts of managing committee and the post of BCCI President.

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