Prof Ratnakar Shetty gets stay on ban; MCA set to challenge
Prof Ratnakar Shetty was successful in getting a stay order from the City Civil court on the Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) five-year ban imposed on him in June this year.
The court on Saturday ruled in favour of Shetty, a seasoned MCA and Indian cricket board administrator. Shetty’s lawyer Sachin Mandlik, partner of law firm Khaitan & Co, said: “The court observed that the principle of natural justice was not followed in Shetty’s case.
One of the main contentions of the argument was that a proper showcause notice was not given. Also, the managing committee of the MCA does not have the power to impose such a harsh penalty.”
The MCA is set to challenge the decision in the Bombay High Court before September 16, Joint Honorary Secretary Nitin Dalal informed. September 17 is the last date of filing nominations for the October 18 MCA elections. It is learnt that the decision to approach the High Court might be opposed in MCA’s next managing committee meeting.
Though the court granted relief to Shetty, decks are not yet clear for the former vice-president, treasurer and secretary of the association to contest the MCA elections.
Recently, the MCA amended its election bylaws wherein anyone permanently employed with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians or the Garware Club House will not be allowed to contest MCA elections. Coaches and selectors though have been exempted from this ruling as they are appointed for a fixed tenure.
Shetty, who is BCCI’s General Manager Game Development, said he would challenge MCA’s amendment in court. “I will definitely challenge it (in court). First thing was to get a stay order which I have now got,” a visibly delighted Shetty said.
MCA had imposed a five-year ban on Shetty for his alleged black marketing allegations against the association office-bearers during the Annual General Meeting in March this year. Shetty has denied making any such allegations.