BCCI AGM begins, Calcutta HC observers present

Published: Friday, September 23, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The BCCI AGM today began here afresh this morning after it was adjourned 'sine die' yesterday.

All three observers appointed by Calcutta High Court -- K N Singh and M M Punchi and S C Sen -- were present at the meeting.

Both the warring factions -- the ruling combine led by BCCI President Ranbir Singh Mahendra and backed by former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya, and the challenger Sharad Pawar camp -- also reached the venue to attend the meeting.

The AGM was adjourned 'sine die' yesterday by Mahendra citing 'misbehaviour of certain members'. Singh and Punchi had decided to reconvene the AGM today in consultation with Sen.

Even after a couple of hours had elapsed that the country's cricketing bosses assembled for the BCCI AGM, not a single item on the agenda was taken up.

The ruling combine led by Ranbir Singh Mahendra and Jagmohan Dalmiya raised questions on how the two observers K N Singh and M M Punchi reached Kolkata so fast barely a few hours into their appointment by the Calcutta High Court.

They also asked who booked their tickets and who arranged for their accommodation at the hotel where the AGM was being held.

Former board president Dalmiya, who came out of the meeting midway said," The ruling faction did not raise any question about the appointment of the observers. But we were only wondering as to who made their arrangements for travel and accommodation because the board has not done anything.

Those who have made the arrangements might take the money from the board, what is such a secret about it?"

Emerging from the meeting venue, a visibly annoyed former BCCI chief Raj Singh Dungarpur, a leading light in residential challenger Sharad Pawar's camp, said the ruling combine was using delaying tactics."They are trying to stall the proceedigns.

But their gameplan will not succeed," he said Meanwhile, Mahendra came out of the meeting along with the three observers and held a separate close-door meeting to seek clarifications on the powers of the observers and the jurisdiction of the BCCI president as also the interpretation of the Calcutta High Court order on appointment of the observers, Board Vice-President Rajiv Shukla said.

Commenting on the close-door meeting Pawar said that the meeting was going on, but due to some technical reasons it had to break for a while.

Asked about his chances in the presidential elections he said in a lighter vein," This year we have had good rains and the harvest will be good."

The Calcutta High Court today stayed the appoinment of the two additional observers, K N Singh and M M Punchi for the BCCI election here.

The court directed that the appointment of S C Sen was valid and he would be the observer for the BCCI election.

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