Will the CoA check on BCCI tenure?

The legal status of the BCCI office-bearers, five elected vice-presidents and the committees could come under scrutiny post-March 1.

The spotlight will once again be on the CoA and what action it takes in matters related to the BCCI and the Lodha reforms.   -  Debashish Bhaduri

With the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the elected principal officer bearers not on the same page on most matters - cricket and administrative - the legal status of the office-bearers, five elected vice-presidents and the committees could come under scrutiny post-March 1.

As per the amended bylaws of the old BCCI rules and regulations, principal office bearers and the vice-presidents would hold office for a period of three years from the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of September 2014. They also believe that the IPL Governing Council has stayed beyond its one-year term.  

While a status report may be filed before the Supreme Court,  it is believed by a certain faction that acting president C.K. Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer, Anirudh Chaudhry,  cannot continue having been elected at the board's 85th AGM in Chennai on March 2, 2015; Khanna though was elected vice-president and Choudhary as joint secretary.

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The AGM, scheduled for September 2014, did not take place because the Supreme Court was seized of a PIL with regard to malpractices in the IPL.

But the court asked the BCCI to convene its AGM five months later and hence the AGM that was convened in Chennai (March 2) became the starting day for the three-year straight term.

At the 85th  AGM,  with N. Srinivasan not allowed to contest elections, Jagmohan Dalmiya, was elected president unopposed, Anurag Thakur as secretary, Amitabh Choudhary as joint secretary and Anirudh Chaudhry as treasurer.

At the same meeting M.L. Nehru (North). C.K. Khanna (Central), Gautam Roy (East), Ganga Raju (South) and T.C. Mathew (West) were elected vice-presidents. 

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Changes took place following the passing of  Dalmiya. Vidarbha Cricket Association’s Shashank Manohar was elected president at an SGM on October 22, 2015. Subsequently, Manohar who resigned in May 2016 and became the first independent chairman of the ICC,  was replaced by Thakur who was elected president at an SGM on May 22.

As per the rules and regulations, Thakur nominated Maharashtra Cricket Association’s Ajay Shrike as Secretary. With both Thakur and Shirke not taking sufficient initiatives to implement the Lodha reforms, the Supreme Court by its order dated January 2, 2017, removed Thakur and Shirke from their respective posts. The same order also stated that BCCI’s senior vice-president, Khanna and joint secretary, Choudhary would discharge the duties of the president and secretary.

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Technically, the term of office of the present BCCI set up will complete three years on March 1, but the officials believe that Khanna and Choudhary are discharging their duties as per the court order of January 2, 2017, and only a judicial order can remove them. 

The BCCI’s old constitution says that the "The Governing Council shall be appointed by the General Body at every AGM of the board and the term of the members of the committee shall be for a period of  one year.’’

With the BCCI administration in a state of flux, especially with the Lodha authored MOA and Rules and Regulations not adopted by the BCCI, it’s 31 full members (including Chhattisgarh), are clueless about what is in store for them.

What has to be seen now is if the CoA will file a status report informing the Supreme Court (on Holi holidays from Feb. 26 to March 3) - that the term office of the previous BCCI Committee has actually ended.