SC irked over functioning of HCA, favours inquiry

The three-judge Bench was hearing a case concerning the row in the Hyderabad Cricket Association led by former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin over the appointment of retired apex court judge, Justice Deepak Verma, as ombudsman.

The Supreme Court was hearing two appeals filed by the Hyderabad Cricket Association and its member ‘Budding Star Cricket Club’ against an order of the Telangana High Court.   -  The Hindu Photo Library

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana orally observed on Thursday that politics has taken precedence over cricket, the gentleman's game.

The three-judge Bench was hearing a case concerning the row in the Hyderabad Cricket Association led by former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin over the appointment of retired apex court judge, Justice Deepak Verma, as ombudsman. “Cricket has gone somewhere else and politics has taken precedence,” the Chief Justice Ramana's Bench said.

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The Bench, also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, even mulled the idea of appointing a former Supreme Court or High Court judge to order an inquiry into the issue. “We will appoint some good people, some retired judges of the Supreme Court or the High Court to conduct an inquiry. Let both the groups (of HCA) go...They will have to go out of the management. This needs a CBI inquiry. They want to drag even the judiciary,” the court said.

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In a brief hearing, the CJI-led Bench was irked over the turn of events in the HCA and even asked senior advocate Rakesh Khanna, appearing for one of the factions of the HCA, to convey to Justice Verma not to pass any order as his tenure had already come to an end. “Please tell Justice Verma not to pass any orders. His tenure has come to end and despite that, he is passing orders...We will list it on Wednesday. Let us find out some names (of former judges for conducting the inquiry),” the Bench said.

The top court was hearing two appeals filed by the Hyderabad Cricket Association and its member ‘Budding Star Cricket Club’ against an order of the Telangana High Court.

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