CoA not unanimous in debarring Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Maharashtra from BCCI AGM
mid-day has learnt that the Supreme Court-appointed CoA were 2:1 in favour of debarring these three associations for non-compliance of the constitution as per the judgment of the apex court
The decision by the three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) to debar Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Maharashtra cricket associations from attending the Annual General Meeting of the BCCI on October 23, was not unanimous.
mid-day has learnt that the Supreme Court-appointed CoA were 2:1 in favour of debarring these three associations for non-compliance of the constitution as per the judgment of the apex court.
A source close to the CoA revealed to mid-day that one member objected to taking action against only three associations for non-compliance since there were issues raised against four other state units as well. "A CoA member was of the view that there are other state associations like Kerala, Baroda, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh who have openly defied the constitution which was approved by the CoA. But the other two CoA members felt that non-compliant state units must be barred from the BCCI AGM," the source said.
What about the others?
"The CoA member argued that why have different yardsticks for associations that are in alleged violation. If you are debarring associations which are non-compliant, then why not take action against those who took the compliance approval from the CoA, but still violated the rules and regulations. That's a bigger violation as compared to those who are anyway non-compliant," the source added.
There is no official word from the CoA with regards to taking action against those state units where the constitution has not been followed.
The BCCI electoral officer N Gopalaswami though has taken cognizance of the alleged violations in the state associations and has asked for their response. Gopalaswami will today declare the state units that are eligible to participate in the BCCI AGM after taking into consideration the objections raised and verifying the candidates eligibility. The three associations barred yesterday will decide their future course of action after Gopalaswami's decision.
The CoA had pointed out 21 deviations in Tamil Nadu's constitution and notified them to amend it by October 4. Similar objections were pointed out to Maharashtra and Haryana before arriving at yesterday's decision.
Meanwhile, the hearing of Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association representative Rajeev Shukla's went on for nearly three hours with Gopalaswami at the BCCI headquarters yesterday.
Shukla defends himself
It is understood that Shukla put forward documents to support his claim that he is not into a cooling off period. If Shukla is found to be ineligible then UPCA will lose their right to attend the BCCI AGM.
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