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SC Nominates BCCI CEO Rahul Johri & Amitabh Chowdhury For ICC Meet

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 17, 2017, 4:49 PM IST
SC Nominates BCCI CEO Rahul Johri & Amitabh Chowdhury For ICC Meet

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Monday nominated Amitabh Chowdhury , acting joint secretary of the BCCI, and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri as the two people who would represent the Indian cricket board at the ICC meeting on April 24 in Dubai.

The apex court allowed BCCI's Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary to represent the cricket board at the ICC meeting on April 24 and directed BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to accompany him. A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said since Srinivasan has been held guilty by the apex court for conflict of interest, he cannot be allowed to represent the BCCI in the ICC meeting.

"It is directed that Amitabh Chaudhary shall represent the BCCI in the ICC meeting and Rahul Johri shall accompany him and he (Johri) will also attend the meetings of the CEOs'," the bnech, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and and D Y Chandrachud, said.

The decision comes after the Committee of Administrators had moved the apex court in order to nominate a BCCI representative at the ICC.

On April 10 the Supreme Court had barred former president N Srinivasan from attending the board's special general body meeting (SGM) after the Committee of Administrators moved the apex court seeking clarification on whether an ineligible person can be nominated by BCCI or state associations to take part in the ICC meet.

Srinivasan had been lobbying hard with the state cricket units to get the nod from them to represent Indian at the International Cricket Council (ICC). Currently BCCI is represented at ICC meetings by CoA member Vikram Limaye.

"How can a man, who is not eligible to contest, be nominated to represent the BCCI? What you cannot do directly, you cannot do indirectly," a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said, noting that how can it allow violation of its order.

The observations came when the counsel for the apex court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) sought hearing on the interim plea seeking clarification on whether persons, who are rendered ineligible to hold posts in cricket bodies as per the July 18, 2016 judgement, can be nominated as BCCI representative to take part in the ICC meeting.

"The man who is disqualified stands disqualified...There is a cap of 70 years given by this court. It is difficult to comprehend that a man who is not eligible goes to the ICC to represent the BCCI. We do not want violation of our orders," the bench said.

The bench, however, had fixed the plea of the CoA, headed by former comptroller and auditor general (CAG) Vinod Rai, on the issue for hearing on April 17.

Earlier, the crucial BCCI SGM was adjourned on April 2 as the board awaited the Supreme Court's verdict on the eligibility of the members who could be present in the meeting.

Former BCCI president N Srinivasan attended the meeting in the capacity of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association President and he did so despite being warned by the Committee of Administrators.

First Published: April 17, 2017, 4:19 PM IST

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