Kolkata:BCCI president Ranvir Singh Mahindra today adjourned the board meeting sine die, a step the opposition camp termed as unacceptable and a 'contempt of court'.
Former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, who leads the ruling combine said that Mahindra adjourned the meeting as the two new observers appointed by the Calcutta High Court today were yet to reach the venue of the AGM.
"As per the court order, all three observers, including one appointed yesterday had to be present for the meeting to be convened," Dalmiya said.
However, another former BCCI chief I S Bindra termed the decision to adjourn the meeting as a contempt of court saying the meeting was not on when Mahindra finally adjourned it.
"The law of meetings in India is that a meeting can be adjourned only when it is convened. This is a total contempt of the Calcutta High Court order," he said.
"We said the meeting has not been convened, so you cannot adjourn it," Bindra said. Earlier, the AGM had been adjourned after being convened twice during the day.
Bindra said that he and several other members pointed out that if Mahindra wanted to adjourn the meeting, he would have to convene it without the consent of members. Refusing to accept the adjournment, Bindra said "We told him that we will stay on, elect the chairman, form a quorum with ten members and initiate the meeting when the threeobservers arrive."
Cautioning the media not to say the meeting has been adjourned sine die, he said "this news is wrong and absurd."
He claimed that Mahindra wanted to adjourn the meeting as he was afraid of defeat in the presidential polls in which Sharad Pawar is in the fray as a nominee of the Jammu andKashmir Cricket Association.
Bindra also questioned Mahindra's right to adjourn the meeting saying he could only become the chairman once the meeting was convened and the members marked their presence.
Bindra said after they raised the objection, Mahindra 'stayed on'."Dalmiya initially said he was walking out because Mr.Mahindra was continuing with discussions which Dalmiya claimed he cannot do," Bindra said.
"Dalmiya also said that Mahindra was forcing the members to commit a contempt of court," he said. Another leading light in the opposition lobby, Raj Singh Dungarpur said Mahindra had no right to adjourn the meeting.