Apex Court declines BCCI election before Sep 30

Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Supreme Court today declined to grant early hearing to the petitions filed by the CricketAssociations of Rajasthan, Bihar and Netaji Cricket Club of Chennai seeking elections to the BCCI before September 30, observing that there was only a fight of ego in the election.

"It is only a fight of ego," a Bench comprising Chief Justice R C Lahoti, Justice G P Mathur and Justice P K Balasubramanyam said, posting the matter for hearing onOctober three.

Senior advocates Ram Jethmalani and K K Venugopal were present as counsel for the petitioners and the Cricket Board respectively to argue the case but the Bench said there was no urgency.

The petitioners had challenged the Calcutta High Court order staying the appointment of two former Chief Justices of India as observer to the BCCI elections.

The Division Bench of the Calcutta HC by its September 23 verdict had removed Justice K N Singh and Justice M M Punchi, both former CJIs aas observers who were appointed by the Single Bench. The High Court retained Justice Suhas C Sen as sole observer.

The petitioners submitted that the proceedings initiated by the Kalighat Cricket Club of Kolkata was collusive in nature and were only filed to pre-empt proceedings alreadypending in the Madras High Court.

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