T S Krishnamurthy ready to be BCCI poll observer

Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Hours after his name was suggested before the Supreme Court as an observer to theCricket Board elections, former Chief Election Commissioner T S Krishnamurthy today virtually consented to take the job.

When contacted, Krishnamurthy said in principle, he had no objection to take the responsibility of being the observer for the BCCI elections but was awaiting for an official word in this regard.

"In principle, I have no problem in functioning as observer for the elections but can only comment on it when I am contacted officially," the former Chief Election Commissioner told PTI over phone.

"I am waiting for an official communication from the parties to the case," he added.

Earlier, senior advocates K K Venugopal and Soli J Sorabjee, appearing for BCCI informed a Bench comprising Justice B P Singh and Justice S B Sinha that the disputing parties had agreed to the name of the former CEC as an observer for the Board's election.

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the Netaji Cricket Club (NCC), Chennai said that NCC and the Cricket Associations of Rajasthan and Bihar have consented to thename of Krishnamurthy as an observer for the BCCI elections.

Following these submissions, the Bench asked them to appraoch the former CEC and inform about his decision to the court tomorrow when it will work out the terms and references for his appointment.

The cricket associations of Rajasthan and Bihar and NCC have challenged the Kolkata High Court judgement removing two former Chief Justices of India as observers for the BCCI elections.

The Division Bench of the 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, former judge of the Supreme Court, as an observer.

During the brief hearing today, Sorabjee objected to the reported language used by officials of some state cricket associations against Justice Sen and sought the court'sintervention to ensure that it was not repeated.

The apex court on October 3 had favoured the appointment of an eminent person other than a judge as observer for BCCI elections in an apparent bid to avoid the unseemly spectacle of judges getting caught in the crossfire of the politics of the Cricket Board.

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.

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