CoA Seeks Supreme Court Directive for Removal of BCCI Office-Bearers

CoA Seeks Supreme Court Directive for Removal of BCCI Office-Bearers

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has sought the apex court’s directive for removing the BCCI office-bearers for their decision to not allow Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Johri to attend the Special General Meeting’s (SGM) last month.

With the Supreme Court making it clear to the BCCI to allow only office-bearers during the SGM, the board strictly adhered to it. As per the court’s order, the ones eligible for the meeting were president, vice president, secretary, joint/Assistant Secretary and treasurer.

Consequently, the board did not allow Johri to attend the proceedings on July 26. Along with the CEO, the representatives of Odisha and Punjab were also not allowed to attend the meeting, as the representatives were not office-bearers.

However, the board’s order miffed the CoA which not only slapped a show cause notice to the office bearers but has now also asked the apex court to remove the office-bearers.

According to PTI, the Vinod Rai-committee, which was appointed earlier this year to look after the board’s functioning has told the Supreme Court that the BCCI officials ‘deliberately misconstrued’ the court’s order to bar Johri from attending the meeting.

A couple of days after the SGM, the CoA had issued the notice which stated:

“The order dated 24th July 2017 passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court (“Order”) only prohibits persons other than office bearers of the Member Associations from attending the SGM as nominees or representatives of such Member Association. By no stretch of imagination can the Order be construed as prohibiting the CEO of BCCI from attending the SGM.

The BCCI members had asked Johri to stay out of the SGM under the same Supreme Court ruling that barred ‘disqualified duo’ N. Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah from the meeting. The CoA, in its status report submitted on July 12, had told the court that Srinivasan and Shah had vested interests in disrupting the BCCI SGM, which was being called to look into the implementation of the Lodha reforms.

Consequently, the court had ordered Srinivasan and Shah not to attend the meeting.

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