BCCI: High Courts of Delhi, Hyderabad and J&K have intervened

The BCCI filed a 28-page affidavit at the Bombay High Court.

The BCCI also told the Bombay High Court via an affidavit that the member State associations are bound by and obligated to adhere to the two timelines.   -  Vivek Bendre

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has informed the Bombay High Court that the High Courts of Delhi, Hyderabad and Jammu & Kashmir have intervened by appointing administrators to ensure the BCCI State associations under their jurisdiction implement the Supreme Court’s judgment of July 18, 2016 that validated the Lodha committee recommendations.

In a 28-page affidavit, the BCCI also told the court that the Bihar Cricket Association and the cricket associations of Vidarbha, Tripura, Punjab, Goa, and Hyderabad have amended their constitution and brought it on terms with the Supreme Court order.

As was expected, the BCCI’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Johri on Wednesday filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court. It supported the petition of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) member Muslim Sports Club seeking the appointment of a Committee of Administrators (CoA). The Muslim Sports Club’s representative, Nadeem Memon, had made BCCI one of the many respondents that also include the MCA office bearers and managing committee members. Justices Shantanu Kemkar and Makarand Karnik will hear the case on April 3.

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The BCCI affidavit, signed by an advocate of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and Johri, says: “I say and submit that the BCCI (under instructions from the Supreme Court-appointed CoA), joins the petitioner in this Honourable High Court to appoint a CoA to forthwith take over charge of the affairs of the MCA and take steps to implement the recommendations of Lodha Committee as contained in the report and accepted by the Honourable Supreme Court vide the judgment and thereafter supervise the conduct of the elections in terms thereof.”

The BCCI has told the court that the first list of timelines (August 9, 2016) asked member State associations to amend its constitution and appoint an electoral officer by October 15, 2016; it also said the second list of timelines (August 28, 2016) asked the State Associations to hold elections by November 15, 2016.

The BCCI affidavit told the court that the member State associations are bound by and obligated to adhere to the two timelines and all those who have not done so continue to be in breach of the said directive issued by the Lodha Committee.