A.P. Shah: No jurisdiction to pursue NCC complaint

BCCI Ombudsman A.P Shah has said: "According to BCCI’s response in this regard (Complaint against K.P.Kajaria) received on 12 December 2015, under the constitution of the Board, the Ombudsman cannot entertain a complaint pertaining to the management and administration of a Member of the Board addressed directly to the Ombudsman."

It is not in Justice A.P. Shah's jurisdiction to look into complaints against the BCCI administrators directly.

The BCCI Ombudsman, Justice (Retd) A.P. Shah has informed the aggrieved Kolkata-based National Cricket Club (NCC) members that according to the BCCI, it’s not within his jurisdiction to look into complaints against the BCCI administrators directly. Last December, some NCC members had alleged mismanagement of the NCC by its Secretary K.P. Kajaria and filed a complaint with the BCCI Ombudsman.

In his order dated March 17, 2016: the Ombudsman has said: “According to BCCI’s response in this regard (Complaint against K.P.Kajaria) received on 12 December 2015, under the constitution of the Board, the Ombudsman cannot entertain a complaint pertaining to the management and administration of a Member of the Board addressed directly to the Ombudsman.

“According to the BCCI, the procedure under Rule 32 (IV) states that only after a complaint is received or suo motu action is taken by BCCI relating to an act of indiscipline or misconduct, can the Hon. Secretary in consultation with the President issue a Show Cause notice calling for an explanation. Thereafter, if no cause or insufficient cause is shown, the Hon. Secretary would refer it to the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman may then conduct an enquiry and submit a report to the President, which would be placed before the General Body for a final decision. Thus, according to the BCCI, the Ombudsman assumes jurisdiction only upon referral by the Hon.Secretary.”

A representative of the petitioners told The Hindu that the position taken by BCCI is “in direct contradiction” with what was written in the 60-page affidavit filed in the Supreme Court in respect to the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee report on reforms in cricket.