Mohammad Azharuddin was on Sunday re-instated as President of the Hyderabad Cricket Association by Ombudsman Justice (retd) Deepak Verma, who also “temporarily disqualified” five members of the Apex Council, which had suspended the former India captain.
The drama surrounding the Hyderabad Cricket Association reached a high point as HCA Ombudsman temporarily disqualified 5 members of the Apex Council which had suspended state body president Mohammad Azharuddin.
Mohammad Azharuddin Reinstated As HCA President
In an interim order, the HCA Ombudsman temporarily disqualified five members of the HCA Apex Council –K John Manoj, Vice President, R Vijayanand, Naresh Sharma, Surender Agarwal, Anuradha. The Apex Council had “suspended” Mohammad Azharuddin for alleged violation of its constitution. Allegations of Conflict of Interest were levelled against Mohammad Azharuddin.
Justice (retd) Deepak Verma in his order pointed out that the complaint against Mohammad Azharuddin was not forwarded to Ombudsman and in effect has no legal validity.
“Apex Council on its own accord cannot take such a decision. Therefore, I deem it appropriate to set aside the resolution (if any) passed by these five members in suspending the duly elected President, issuing a show-cause notice and direct them to refrain from any subsequent actions against the President of HCA, Mohammed Azharuddin,” Justice (retd) Verma, said.
“Therefore, I direct that Mohammed Azharuddin shall continue as President and all complaints against office bearers shall only be decided by the Ombudsman.
“From the aforesaid facts and features, it is clearly reflected that instead of encouraging the game of Cricket, each one is playing their own politics for the reasons best known to them. Thus, it defeats the very purpose for which HCA has been formed”, Justice (retd) Verma noted.
Regarding the five Apex Council members, Justice Verma in the order said, “I would like to make it clear that, just because these five members believe on their own accord that I am not ombudsman does not take away my powers which are now been confirmed by the High Court judgment and the minutes of the 85th AGM as well”.
“These members cannot evade the due process of law just by stating that they don’t agree to my appointment. It is clear from the above, that these members have malafide intentions and do not want smooth functioning of HCA.
“It is for this reason and reasons mentioned above, I hereby direct that these members are temporarily disqualified from performing their duties as office bearers of the Apex Council till the time these Complaints attain finality,” the Ombudsman said.
Mohammad Azharuddin is a legendary former Indian skipper who has been heading Hyderabad Cricket Association since September 2019. He had been suspended as the HCA president last month after allegations of violation of HCA’s constitution.
Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin can breathe a sigh of relief after being reappointed as the president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association. The decision comes nearly a month after a five-member HCA Apex Council suspended him.
Mohammad Azharuddin’s Complaint Not Forwarded To Ombudsman Thus Ruling Out Any Legal Validity
Ombudsman Justice (retd) Deepak Verma came up with the decision to reinstate the former skipper. At the same time, the five members of the Apex Council had been disqualified briefly in an interim order released by Justice Verma. Mohammad Azharuddin’s suspension came after it was alleged that he had violated HCA’s constitution.
However, ombudsman Deepak Verma noted that the complaint registered against Mohammad Azharuddin had not been forwarded to him, thus ruling out any legal validity.