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CoA to BCCI: Should Have Sought Permission Before Calling SGM

Baidurjo Bhose |Cricketnext | Updated: June 5, 2018, 7:53 PM IST
CoA to BCCI: Should Have Sought Permission Before Calling SGM

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New Delhi: With the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary in a strongly worded letter making it clear to CoA chief Vinod Rai that the Special General Meeting in the Capital on June 22 cannot be stopped by the SC-appointed committee, the CoA has now shot back. In a letter to the secretary, the CoA has asked him the reason behind his failure to ask for the committee’s approval in calling the SGM, even if it was at the behest of the state bodies.

In a letter to Choudhary, in possession of CricketNext, the CoA says that it has still not seen a single requisition from the state bodies and even if the meeting was called on the behest of the state bodies, that shouldn’t have stopped the secretary for asking the committee for its approval.

“Your otherwise lengthy and protracted email fails to offer any explanation as to why you did not do so (seek approval). Nothing in the existing Memorandum and Rules of Regulations of BCCI prevented you from forwarding any requisitions that you may have received to the Committee of Administrators and seeking approval. Till today, the Committee of Administrators has not seen a single requisition let alone the required number of requisitions,” the committee wrote.

The committee further said that the office bearers have time and again used the term ‘supreme’ in case of the general body of the BCCI to bypass the orders passed by the CoA.

“It is clear that characterizing the General Body as “supreme” is nothing but an attempt to bypass the orders passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in terms of which the office bearers of BCCI are required to act under the supervision and control of the Committee of Administrators. Your email itself concedes that the General Body intends to discuss issues in which the decisions taken by the Committee of Administrators are likely to come up for discussion. This reveals that the real purpose of the proposed SGM is to try and undermine decisions taken by the Committee of Administrators. Indeed, the contentions raised in your trailing email are clearly self- serving and have no basis either in law or fact,” it further said.

The CoA finished off by saying that in the current circumstance, the committee’s directive to ask the BCCI members to refrain from holding the SGM still stands.

The BCCI had called for the SGM as confused by the functioning of the CoA, around 20 state associations wrote to the board and asked for help and clarity on the style of working of the CoA, comprising chief Rai and former India cricketer Diana.
First Published: June 5, 2018, 7:19 PM IST
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