More obstacles for Prof Ratnakar Shetty?

Jul 23, 2013, 01:42 IST | Harit N Joshi

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) yesterday approved the amendment in its byelaws wherein anyone permanently employed with the Indian cricket board, the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians or the Garware Club House will not be allowed to contest MCA elections.

Coaches and selectors though would be exempted from this ruling as they are appointed for a certain tenure, it is learnt. The latest amendment was taken up for discussion in the association’s managing committee meeting yesterday. 

“The amendment has been passed. We have acquired all the legal opinions and have decided to amend the bylaws,” said a source. 

When asked whether the managing committee is empowered to take such a decision, he said: “Yes. Even last time, the managing committee had made amendments.”

It is pretty clear that the proposed amendment is another attempt to stop former vice-president Prof Ratnakar Shetty from contesting the forthcoming elections.

Shetty, who is BCCI’s general manager Game Development, has dragged the MCA to court to get a stay order in his favour on the five-year ban imposed on him. The second hearing of the case is slated to take place at a City Civil court on Wednesday.

However, another source said the decision is not yet final. “There are a few clauses which need clarity and it is being sent for legal drafting. The decision has been deferred till the next meeting,” he said.

No MCA official was willing to come on record on the issue. The present managing committee, which is continuing despite its term expiring on July 15, is yet to announce new election dates. “This (election dates) will be decided in the next meeting,” a source said. 

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