CoA seeks member details from state associations, sets March 1 deadline

Committee of Administrators (CoA) has asked the BCCI’s full member associations to revert by March 1, with names of its current office bearers and members of the governing body or managing committee or working committee.

Vinod Rai, head of the Supreme Court-appointed BCCI's Committee of Administrators.   -  PTI

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has asked the BCCI’s full member associations to revert by March 1, with names of its current office bearers and members of the governing body or managing committee or working committee. The CoA advisory, addressed to the full members, stated: “You are also called upon to obtain undertakings from your current office bearers and members of your governing body / managing committee / working committee to the effect that they are not disqualified in terms of the criteria laid down and forward copies of the same to the Committee of Administrators. This should be done latest by 5 pm on 1st March 2017.”

While some officials have resigned from their respective posts, some have ceased to function without actually resigning. For example, the secretary of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), Rajesh Patel, treasurer Dhiraj Jogani and vice-president Kanhaiya Lal Contractor have stepped down without actually tendering their resignations in writing. They have been office bearers of the GCA for a long time. “I have been working as the secretary for the last nine years. We have to abide by the Supreme Court’s decision and so I am resigning,” Patel had said during the foundation ceremony of the stadium at Motera, soon after Gujarat won the Ranji Trophy.

But others like the GCA president Amit Shah, who is also the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (Amit Shah succeeded Narendra Modi as GCA President on June 13, 2014), vice-president Parimal Nathwani and joint secretary Jay Shah have not done so. “They will not be able to contest the next GCA elections. Shah and Nathwani have been GCA office-bearers from 2009 and 2010 respectively. They have a year or two left to complete nine years. Similarly, Jay Shah (elected Jt. Secretary in 2013) has completed his first three-year term. Elections were due in September 2016. And the automatically disqualified office bearers are taking decisions,’’ said a BCCI official following developments at GCA.

The Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera has been razed, Rs. 67 crore has been advanced to a company for starting the redevelopment work and the association is either in the process or has completed the process of obtaining a loan for Rs. 300 crore. The redevelopment of the stadium with a proposed capacity to seat more than one lakh fans largely depends on Shah and Nathwani’s power to raise money and direct matters.

Many associations did not respond to an earlier letter from the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri asking for details just has the CoA has done. It is understood that many associations are likely to keep quiet and not respond to the CoA advisory.

The CoA has also impressed upon the full members the measures it has to take for “good governance and transparency” by posting on its website (1) names of its constituent members (2) names of the current office bearers and members of the governing body / managing committee / working committee along with their age, date on which they assumed office and/or became a member of the governing body / managing committee / working committee and the total number of years for which they have been an office-bearer and/or member of the governing body / managing committee / working committee (3) copy of the association’s Memorandum of Association, Rules and Regulations, Bye-Laws and/or any other constitutional documents (4) communicate the website address and in the event of not having a website, set up one at the earliest and comply with the aforesaid requests.

The CoA has also asked the full members to furnish the compliance orders it has met with; the Vidarbha and Tripura Cricket Associations have already adopted the Justice Lodha Committee recommendations.