SC: All three BCCI nominees enjoy equal status at ICC meet

The apex court confirmed that the three nominees, Amitabh Choudhary, Anirudh Chaudhry and Vikram Limaye, will "enjoy equal status" at the ICC meet, scheduled to begin in Dubai on February 2.

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On January 30, the Supreme Court had appointed four persons to form the Committee of Administrators.   -  V. Sudershan

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, confirmed that the BCCI joint secretary, Amitabh Choudhary, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry and Vikram Limaye, MD and CEO of IDFC Ltd and member of the apex-court appointed four-man Committee of Administrators (CoA), will “enjoy equal status” at the ICC meet, scheduled to begin in Dubai on February 2.

Amicus curiae and senior advocate Gopal Subramanium informed the Supreme Court that the ICC Chairman, Shashank Manohar, has already communicated that all arrangements for the travel of the three BCCI representatives to Dubai have been made.

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Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing a few member State cricket associations of the BCCI, including the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, made an urgent mention before the Bench, led by Justice Dipak Misra, on Wednesday morning that there has been some confusion regarding who is to go to the ICC meet. According to media reports, the CoA had informed joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary that only BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and Mr. Limaye would attend the Dubai meeting.

Justice Misra, who heads the three-judge Bench in the BCCI case, agreed to hear the issue at 2 p.m.

Post-lunch, senior advocate Shyam Divan, who replaced Mr. Sibal, said an impression has been given that the CoA did not want the two BCCI old hands to be part of the Dubai meet. Mr. Divan submitted that this has been so despite the Supreme Court order of January 30 that clearly stated that the joint secretary, the treasurer and Mr. Limaye would represent the BCCI at the ICC meeting.

However, at this point, Mr. Subramanium intervened to inform Justice Misra about Mr. Manohar’s communication. “We have apprised the ICC about the court order. Mr. Manohar is an eminent lawyer himself. He knows that all three persons have been appointed by the Supreme Court to represent the BCCI in the ICC meet. He has conveyed by mail that travel arrangements for all the three have been made. There is no problem,” he submitted.

Justice Misra said since matters have been resolved there was no need to convene the BCCI Bench, also comprising Justices A. M. Khanwilkar and D. Y. Chandrachud. Justice Misra observed that the order of the court is very clear and all the three representatives have been given equal status.

In its January 30 order, the court had specifically said that "We nominate Mr. Amitabh Choudhary, Joint Secretary, and Mr. Anirudh Chaudhry, Treasurer, BCCI and Mr. Vikram Limaye, Managing Director and CEO, IDFC Ltd. Needless to say, BCCI shall make all arrangements for and bear the expenses of the same. It is further clarified that these persons have been nominated to attend the ICC meeting only for this time."

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