Choudhary to CoA: Due process not followed for ACU appointment

According to BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary, the appointment of Ajit Singh as head of the Board’s anti-corruption unit will not be considered valid until approved by the general body.

The three-month extension requested for Prof. Ratnakar Shetty has been “curiously” blocked, says Amitabh Choudhary.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary has told the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that the extant Rules and Regulations of the BCCI are in force and hence the appointment of Ajit Singh as head of the Board’s anti-corruption unit will not be considered valid until approved by the general body.

Choudhary, given the mandate to discharge the duties of the secretary by a Supreme Court order of January 2, 2017, told the CoA, "I must at the very outset express my gratitude for being relieved from the burden of authorising an appointment which is not supported by law."

Read: Amitabh's letter to the CoA

Choudhary has cited specific clauses in the BCCI’s extant Rules and Regulations that give primacy to elected office bearers. He said they also empower them to perform various crucial roles — including appointing different personnel, paying them salaries, and dismissing employees. He has also made references to court orders and explanatory notes from the CoA on the manner of supervision of the BCCI administration.

Process details given, says CoA

The CoA has conveyed to Choudhary that since he did not sign the appointment letter of Ajit Singh as per the directives issued by the CoA on March 15, it has directed the CEO to sign on behalf of the BCCI. The CoA has also told Choudhary that he has been given all details of the process followed, that he did not sign the appointment letter when he was in the BCCI office on March 27, and that Ajit Singh had to be appointed because the IPL is to start on April 7.

Clearly, the BCCI’s elected officers and CoA have been quarrelling on a number of issues. In the same letter to the CoA, Choudhary pointed out that, “Significantly and curiously, the three-month extension requested for Prof. Ratnakar Shetty, unanimously approved by all office-bearers in keeping with the law, for very cogent reasons and in consonance with the thoughts expressed in the CoA meeting itself on December, 12, 2017, has been blocked.”