SC bars N Srinivasan, Niranjan Shah from being state association nominees


"Office bearers can not nominate a disqualified person".

"The SGM on June 26 was attended by various persons who are disqualified from being office bearers of BCCI and/or their respective state/member associations including N Srinivasan (represented TNCA) and Niranjan Shah (Saurashtra CA) amongst others".

This new development comes after the apex court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), in a scathing status report, described the duo of Srinivasan and Shah as "disqualified office bearers with vested interest", who are still trying to stall implementation of Lodha reforms.

The agenda of the committee was to "identify the few critical points in respect of the said judgement for the general body of the BCCI to consider before its submission to the Supreme Court".

The CoA had accused Srinivasan of disrupting meetings for transparency. Ranjit Kumar, the lawyer for Railways, argued that despite being regular contributors to Indian cricket and one of the founder members of the BCCI, they were denied voting rights as per Lodha's recommendations. "Nobody can take my membership away".

The apex court had also asked Thakur to be present on July 14 to tender the apology, indicating that it was willing to accept the apology and close the contempt proceedings against Thakur.

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It has claimed that Choudhary had not only invited the disqualified members from all state associations to attend the special general meeting of BCCI, but also chaired and allowed the disqualified members to attend it in his presence. Choudhary noted the efforts of the CoA, which had met the state associations twice and "stressed" that it could work with the BCCI in "canvassing the impracticality or difficulties that may arise in implementation of some clauses" of the recommendations.

"It is important to mention that it was the duty of the Amitabh Choudhary, who is the acting secretary of the BCCI, to ensure that no disqualified member of the state cricket association was allowed to attend and participate in the said special general meeting", it alleged.

The Supreme Court also relieved Ramachandra Guha and Vikram Limaye from the CoA, leaving chairman Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji as the only two members of the committee. Guha had recently informed the apex court that he has tendered his resignation due to personal reasons to Rai. The matter will be up for consideration on July 24.

The bench said "if we look into the history, we can not deny the contribution made by the railways to cricket". They requested a "recall" of that specific part of the order.

Despite Subramanium's reservations, the court has chose to hear the matter.