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Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah’s Case Hearing Postponed By Supreme Court

The Supreme Court hearing of BCCI’s appeal to waive-off cooling-off periods for Saurav Ganguly and Jay Shah was scheduled for 17th August — is postponed because of not being listed.  The BCCI president Saurav Ganguly and Joint Secretary Jay Shah will continue to play a role until the Supreme court makes a decision.

The BCCI is seeking the Supreme Court’s permission to amend Rule 6.4 of its constitution, in ‘public and national interest’ to waive off the mandatory cooling down period and extend Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah’s tenure on their respective positions.

Besides, both have finished their six-year term as an office-bearer at a state association or the BCCI or a combination of both by holding positions earlier in the Gujarat Cricket Board (Jay Shah) and West Bengal Cricket Board). The new constitution requires them to stay away from sports administration for at least three years each.

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BCCI wants the Supreme Court to amend Rule 6.4 of the constitution

In a desperate bid to extend the top office-bearer’s tenure namely Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah — the BCCI is demanding the Supreme Court to amend Rule 6.4 of the constitution.

Rule 6.4  states, “An office-bearer who has held any post for two consecutive terms either in a state association or in the BCCI (or in a combination of both) shall not be eligible to contest any further election without completing a cooling-off period of three years.”

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Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde in a bench of Supreme court had heard the case last on July 22 and the next hearing was set on 17th August.

Case filed for contempt against Jay Shah and Ganguly for overstaying as BCCI office-bearers 

Naresh Makani of Jharkhand Cricket Association (JCA) has filed a case of contempt against Jay Shah and  Sourav Ganguly for overstaying as BCCI office-bearers and trying to “seize control” and “dilute” the Lodha committee reforms.

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A senior lawyer has said that a two-member Bench cannot overturn the order of a three-member team that had approved the BCCI constitution after as many as 20 judges heard the matter, and it’ll be disrespectful.

Another senior lawyer stated that the bench might not be very interested in hearing the matter and keep dragging it further.

The BCCI matter has come up at least 33 times at Justice Bobde’s court, since November 2018, but has been heard only 10 times and no major verdict has been given yet.

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