Decisions taken by general body, not by two individuals, says Choudhary

The CoA has opposed the SGM citing the directions it served on the BCCI office bearers on March 15.

Amitabh Choudhary has gone to the extent of telling the CoA that it has little to show for in 2017 and a half on the matter of Supreme Court mandated reforms. (File Photo)   -  AFP

The ill-will between one of the three elected office-bearers of the BCCI, acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary and the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators on the matter of the BCCI Special General Meeting convened on June 22 in New Delhi does not seem to end. The CoA has opposed the SGM citing the directions it served on the BCCI office bearers on March 15.

On Friday, Choudhary told the CoA is in no uncertain terms that “the directions and instructions issued by the CoA qua the convening of the BCCI SGM has the effect of extinguishing all democratic processes in the organisation and the same is being done by the Committee under the misplaced umbrella of the orders of the Supreme Court. We have been advised that holding an SGM, discussing and deciding on matters, and communicating the same to the CoA in no way transgresses any order of the Supreme Court.”

Choudhary, who has convened the SMG requisitioned by the BCCI members to consider ten important matters, has gone to the extent of telling the CoA that it has little to show for in 2017 and a half on the matter of Supreme Court mandated reforms. “It is important to point out that the Committee has adopted an adversarial approach to both the implementation of the reforms and to the supervision of the administration of the BCCI with various shifts of goal-posts during this period. In fact, the clear thought of the Committee, as is also manifest from the spate of directions issued by it, is that neither the office bearers nor the state associations, that actually comprise the BCCI, are in existence. All this has been done being unmindful of views of even their own erstwhile members and despite having been proved incorrect in their interpretation of the orders of the Supreme Court on many counts.”

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Elected Jt. Secretary at the BCCI AGM three years ago and acting as Secretary following a Supreme Court order in 2017, Choudhary has said in a long rejoinder to the CoA that “discussion and decision making on policy matters having huge ramifications and financial implications on the BCCI ought to be undertaken by the general body at the SGM and not by two individuals.”

In closing Choudhary has requested the CoA to “withdraw orders which might come in the way of the constitutional functioning of the BCCI and may hamper the decision making of the General Body by restricting the flow of information to the Board through the staff of the BCCI.”

In its first response to the BCCI SGM, the CoA had directed the BCCI staff and others not to assist the SGM convened by the acting Secretary.