SC against Judges as observers for BCCI elections

Published: Monday, October 3, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:In an apparent bid to avoid the unseemly spectacle of judges getting caught in the crossfire of the politics of Cricket Board, the Supreme Court today favoured the appointment of an eminent person other than a judge as observer for BCCI elections.

"The parties could get together and suggest the name of an observer, preferably not a judge, for the BCCI election," a Bench comprising Justice S B Sinha and Justice R V Raveendran said during the hearing of petitions challenging the Calcutta High Court judgement staying the appointment of two former Chief Justices of India as observers for the BCCI elections.

The Court said it was open for the feuding parties to suggest the name of a former cricketer as an observer.

The Bench also left open the option for BCCI to file a reply to the contentions raised by the Cricket Associations of Rajasthan and Bihar and Netaji Cricket Club, Chennai, which have sought quashing of the September 23 verdict of the High Court.

Without issuing notice on the issue, the court posted the matter for further hearing on October 18.

Senior advocate Fali Nariman made submissions on behalf of the State Cricket Associations while senior advocates K K Venugopal, Soli Sorabjee and A M Singhvi stood up for BCCI.

Earlier, on September 27, a Bench headed by Chief Justice R C Lahoti had declined to grant early hearing on the matter saying that there was only a fight of ego in the election.

"It is only a fight of ego," the Bench had observed.

The Division Bench of High Court had removed Justice K N Singh and Justice M M Punchi, both former CJIs as observers who were appointed by the Single Bench. It had only retained Justice Suhas C Sen as observer.

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