The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel received a setback after the Baroda civil court yesterday rejected his plea to allow him to continue as Joint Honorary Secretary of the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA).
The Managing Committee of the BCA had removed Patel and three other members of the BCA Managing Committee in April after they were "illegally co-opted". The Managing Committee arrived at their decision after consulting legal experts.
Patel had file two separate suits against BCA — one for re-instatement as Jt Secretary and the second, seeking a stay order. The court rejected both pleas and asked Patel to bear BCA's entire legal expenses related to the issue.
Justice Sanjay Thakkar, who is currently the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), in his statement, said that Patel's case was not in is jurisdiction, but since the petition was first filed in the city civil court under his jurisdiction, the higher court allowed him to give his judgement in this case.
Patel is set to challenge the order. "I have not got the copy of the order yet, but I will definitely appeal against the verdict. How can the judge hear my case when it is not in his jurisdiction?
"BCA members are ganging up against me and want me out of the association. They are playing dirty politics with me. I am not a politician," Patel told mid-day.
So, does the court verdict affect his position in the BCCI? "Not at all.
It is the Working Committee and not the BCA members, who will decide on my continuation as BCCI secretary. I have been constitutionally appointed by the Board members," Patel said.
According to BCA rules, one needs to be a member for three years before being co-opted. A member also has to serve two years as a sub-committee official before being eligible to contest elections for the post of an office-bearer or the Managing Committee.