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SC authorises all three BCCI members to attend ICC meet

Vikram Limaye, Amitabh Choudhary and Anirudh Chaudhary

New Delhi: The Supreme Court yesterday said that all three persons are authorised to represent the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) “enjoy the same status” and will be attending the crucial International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Dubai.

A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said this after it was informed in the morning by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) that the Committee of Administrators (COA) has asked only Vikram Limaye to attend the meeting of ICC and had dropped the names of Amitabh Choudhary and Anirudh Chaudhary. “We make it clear that all three members enjoy the same status and BCCI should convey to ICC that they will attend the meeting,” the bench said yesterday.

Amicus Curiae and senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam said that a request was made by COA to ICC president Shashank Manohar to accommodate the other members also as an ICC rule prescribes that only one member from a cricket board can represent it in the meeting.

He said that ICC, in an email at around 9am clarified to BCCI that all three persons authorised by the apex court will be considered for Dubai meeting starting today and their travel arrangements are being done.

Senior advocate Shyam Diwan, appearing for TNCA in place of senior advocate Kapil Sibal, claimed that as per the communication of 6am, except Limaye, the names of other two members Amitabh Chaudhary and Anirudh Chaudhary had been dropped and that he was not aware of the 9am email. In the morning, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for TNCA, claimed that BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has only selected Vikram Limaye to represent the cricket board in the meeting while the names of other two members have been dropped. The bench then had asked the parties to mention the matter at 2pm when it will hear their pleas. The apex court had on January 30 authorised Vikram Limaye, Amitabh Chaudhury and Anirudh Chaudhury to represent BCCI in the ICC met.

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