SC to hear petition against CoA

 A top BCCI official on Monday approached the Supreme Court alleging that the court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) was flouting its order and not allowing the office-bearers to perform their duties.

A bench presided over by Justice Dipak Misra agreed to hear the plea made by BCCI's Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary. Justice Misra said he would discuss with the CJI Justice J S Khehar for early setting up of the designated bench to take up the application.

Senior advocate Puneet Bali, representing Chaudhary, sought early hearing of the interim application saying the BCCI office-bearers who are not disqualified were not being allowed to perform their assigned tasks.

He referred to the January 2 order and said the court, while removing Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke as President and Secretary of BCCI, had made it clear that the CoA will supervise implementation of reforms and the senior-most vice-president and the joint secretary will perform duties of president and secretary respectively.

Chaudhary, in his plea, alleged the CoA headed by former CAG Vinod Rai has now authorised BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to deal with legal matters and the cases filed by and against the cricket body.

However, the BCCI constitution provides that such powers would be exercised by its secretary, the plea said, adding that several activities including the junior team selection are stuck up as the office-bearers were not allowed to function.

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