HC appoints two more observers for BCCI elections

Published: Thursday, September 22, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The Calcutta High Court today appointed two more observers in addition to Suhas Chandra Sen, retired Supreme Court judge, for the BCCI elections to be held during the cricket body's two-day AGM beginning here today.

Justice Soumitra Sen, giving the order, said the names of the two other observers would be announced after getting confirmation from them.

The elections would begin this evening if the confirmations were received early, or else it would commence tomorrow. Justice Sen directed that all disputes with regard to eligibility and disqualification of voters for the BCCI elections would be decided by the three-member panel before the election begins.

In case of differences in opinion among observers, the majority decision would be valid, the judge directed. An application was moved before the court by Netaji Cricket Club of Chennai and city-based Rajasthan Club seeking revision of yesterday's order appointing Sen as the sole observer for the much-hyped polls to the world's richest cricket body.

The two clubs had sought appointment of two more observers to make a three-member panel for overseeing the elections.Netaji Cricket Club moved the application claiming that a similar petition had been pending before the Madras High Court when Justice Sen had passed the order yesterday.

BCCI's counsel Pratap Chatterjee stated before the court that the Madras High Court had rejected Netaji Cricket Club's petition earlier during the day. Netaji Club's counsel S K Kapoor, however, claimed that the petition before the Calcutta High Court had been moved to pre-empt a decision by the Madras High Court.

Rajasthan Club's counsel claimed that it was an abuse of process resorted to by Kalighat Club, which had sought the appointment of observer by the high court.

Kalighat Club, an affiliated member of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), had sought the appointment of an observer for attending the annual general meeting so that the election was held in a free and fair manner.

Appearing for the club, counsel Hirak Mitra had claimed that there was every possibility of malpractice in the election process. Justice Sen had observed that the problem was precipitated by the absence of specific and clear election rules.

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