Dissidents file suit for observer to CAB polls

Published: Monday, July 17, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) elections took a new twist today with dissident group leader Samar Pal filing a suit in a city civil court seeking an independent observer for the state body's polls scheduled for July 30.

Talking to UNI, leader of the CAB opposition group Samar Pal, who represents Aryans Club, said, ''We have filed the case in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate P K Sarkar seeking an independent observer for the CAB elections.

''The reason for filing the case is very simple. If Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya, the incumbent president of CAB, fights the polls and conducts the elections, we doubt that it would be free and fair. So we wanted to take some precaution,'' he said.

The application has been admitted and will come up for hearing on Friday next.

The case was filed in the court by a team of 12 lawyers led by Jayanta Mitra.

The ruling faction is however, unwilling to respond till they have the court papers at hand.

The move is even more significant as in the Working Committee meeting yesterday, the BCCI ratified its decison to withold payments to CAB citing anomalies and lack of explanation and furnishing of papers on PILCOM accounts.

However, State Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty had said they were trying their best to reach a consensus where both the parties have to concede some ground.

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