CoA wants BCCI officials sacked

Rai-led panel submits eight status report at SC

CoA wants BCCI officials sacked

At loggerheads with the current set of BCCI office-bearers, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Thursday sought their removal, citing the end of their tenures as per BCCI constitution.

The CoA also asked for apex court's direction on having an AGM without formal adoption of the new constitution as per Lodha Committee recommendation.

The two-member CoA comprising Vinod Rai and Diana Eadulji, filed their eighth status report in the Supreme Court, where they have recommended election for fresh set of office-bearers by removing acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry.

The CoA has also recommended removal of IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, stating that he has also outlived his tenure.

The relations between office-bearers and CoA have hit an all-time low. While the SC-appointed committee has constantly accused the office-bearers of delaying implementation of Lodha Reforms, the latter feel that Rai and Co. have overstepped the brief given to them as per Apex Court's verdict.

The CoA in its report cited Rule 15 (i) of existing BCCI constitution which states: "The election of Office Bearers and vice-presidents shall be held at the AGM of the Board every year. The office bearers and vice-president so elected will hold office for three years."

The CoA then gave the full list of office bearers elected during its 85th AGM in Chennai in March, 2015 where Jagmohan Dalmiya was elected the president.

Accordingly, as per existing constitution, the tenure of all office-bearers, elected during the AGM will end their term on March 1, 2018.

Subsequently in the next two and half years, Dalmiya passed away, Shashank Manohar resigned while Anurag Thakur was ousted by the Apex Court.

Accordingly Khanna as the senior-most vice-president and Amitabh as the joint secretary took over as acting president and secretary respectively while Aniruddh continued as the treasurer as per apex court order on January 2, 2017.

The CoA wrote "In our respectful understanding the aforesaid order dated January 2, 2017 passed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court does not deal with issue of tenure of office bearers. The said order provides that i) the senior most vice-president shall perform duties of president. ii) joint-secretary shall perform duties of secretary. iii) other office-bearers shall continue, all subject to conditions stipulated therein. Accordingly, if the respective terms of senior-most vice-president and joint-secretary have expired, they cannot continue to perform their duties of the president and secretary respectively."

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