NCC Director gets two weeks to reply to petitions

The BCCI Ombudsman A. P. Shah has asked National Cricket Club's K. P. Kajaria to reply within two weeks (by January 21) to a petition seeking justice from the club, which was under the control of former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya.

Justice A. P. Shah is the Chairman of the Law Commission of India.   -  Sushil Kumar Verma

The BCCI Ombudsman A. P. Shah — former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court and currently the Chairman of the Law Commission of India — has asked National Cricket Club's K. P. Kajaria to reply within two weeks (by January 21) to a petition seeking justice from the club which was under the control of former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya. His son, Avishek, represented the NCC in the recent 86th AGM of the BCCI on November 9.

Three months ago, a petition representing members of the Club had asked the BCCI president Shashank Manohar to take action against K. P. Kajaria saying that he was illegally occupying the Secretary and Director's post of the NCC for 43 years. The petitioners pointed out flaws in the membership list, mismanagement in distribution of tickets, false filing at Registrar of Companies, and ended the petition saying “People at BCCI often talk about cleaning the board. Why don’t they start by asking Mr. KP Kajaria to conduct the AGM & Election under the BCCI observer.”

The BCCI told its Ombudsman that the NCC should take legal recourse as it did not have powers to intervene in the working of its full member committee. Recently the Lodha Commitee had proposed that the NCC be relegated as associate member without voting right.

“The NCC held its AGM on December 31 and 29 applications from members were declared valid for election to the executive committee. The NCC has not officially declared the results, but we hear that the top 21 names in the list declared valid by Hon. Secretary, K. P. Kajaria have been elected to the executive committee,” said one of the petitioners.

Those in the list are the office bearers of the Cricket Association of Bengal, Sourav Ganguly (president), Avishek Dalmiya (Hon. Jt, Secretary), Subir Ganguly (Hon. Jt, Secretary) and Biswarup Dey (Hon. Treasurer). The others in the list of applications declared valid are: Deep Dasgupta (former India cricketer), Ushanath Banerjee (BCCI’s legal counsel till December 31, 2015), Baishali Dalmiya, Koeli Dalmiya, Pawan Kumar Bhaotia, Boria Majumdar and Vivek Dalmiya.

The petitioners had in fact taken the matter to a court in Kolkata, before the AGM. “Is there not a conflict of interest being an office bearer of both associations,” asked a petitioner.