CoA serves stinging caution to MCA 

Having not been provided with the amended memorandum of association by the MCA, the Supreme Court-appointed CoA, the supervisors of the BCCI’s management, has served a stern warning to the MCA secretary Riyaz Bagwan.

The MCA on April 7 adopted the new constitution and as a result, Bagwan being the secretary remained the sole office-bearer in charge of affairs.   -  Vivek Bendre

Having not been provided with the amended memorandum of association by the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA), the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), the supervisors of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s management, has served a stern warning to the MCA secretary Riyaz Bagwan.

Three days after asking Bagwan to stall the MCA elections until the CoA verifies whether the new MCA rulebook is complaint with the Supreme Court directive, CoA, in another email to Bagwan on Monday, served a sort of an ultimatum for facing the consequences if he proceeds with the election without getting the constitution approved from CoA.

“The Committee of Administrators is surprised that a copy of the new/ amended constitution of the MCA has still not been provided as sought vide the trailing email dated 20th April 2018. Without scrutinizing a copy of the new/ amended constitution of the MCA, it is not possible to confirm if the same is compliant with the recommendations of the Hon’ble Justice Lodha Committee as accepted vide judgment dated 18th July 2016 passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court (“Judgment”) and enforced vide subsequent orders,” states Monday's email, accessed by Sportstar.

“The Committee of Administrators has, in its trailing email, made it absolutely clear that it is not advisable to hold elections until the amended constitution of the MCA is scrutinized and confirmed to be compliant. You are requested to provide a copy of the new/ amended constitution of the MCA to the Committee of Administrators at the earliest.

“The Committee of Administrators also urge you to fully consider all the implications and potential consequences of proceeding with elections despite this communication being addressed by you by the Committee of Administrators since you are concerned person who is initiating all steps in relation to the elections will be held responsible for the same.”

According to Bagwan, a copy of the new constitution will be despatched to CoA soon. "I am told we have completed the formalities with the charity commissioner today. I have instructed the office staff to courier the document to CoA tomorrow morning," Bagwan said from Satara, his native place.

The MCA on April 7 adopted the new constitution and as a result, Bagwan being the secretary remained the sole office-bearer in charge of affairs. Last week, he announced the election for May 2 and despite the CoA caution, had told Sportstar on Saturday that he will go ahead with the election, assuming the MCA will acquire CoA clearance prior to the election.

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