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Bihar Cricket Association Files Contempt Case In SC Against BCCI Committee Of Administrators [Read Petition]

Akshita Saxena
19 Sep 2019 9:43 AM GMT
Bihar Cricket Association Files Contempt Case In SC Against BCCI Committee Of Administrators [Read Petition]
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A contempt petition has been filed by the President of the Bihar Cricket Association (BCA), Jagannath Singh, in the Supreme Court, alleging willful disobedience by Committee of Administrators of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of the Supreme Court's judgment dated August 9, 2018, in BCCI v. Cricket Association of Bihar & Ors.In the said judgment, a special bench of the...

A contempt petition has been filed by the President of the Bihar Cricket Association (BCA), Jagannath Singh, in the Supreme Court, alleging willful disobedience by Committee of Administrators of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of the Supreme Court's judgment dated August 9, 2018, in BCCI v. Cricket Association of Bihar & Ors.

In the said judgment, a special bench of the Supreme Court lead by then CJI Deepak Misra had directed every State Association recognized by BCCI to get their respective constitutions registered with the Society Registration Department. It was also held therein that there shall be a cooling off period of three years after an individual has held the post of an office bearer for two consecutive terms (a term being of thee years).

However, in complete disregard to the said decision, the CoA headed by former CAG Vinod Rai had uploaded 'unregistered' constitutions of ten associations, to show them as full members of BCCI, allged the BCA in the petition filed through M/s Mukesh Kumar Singh & Co. It was also contended that CoA had decided to conduct elections by the concerned State Associations, including Bihar, with office bearers who had been continuing for more than six years as office bearers of their respective associations.

The factual matrix of the case emanates from the notification of name of a Committee of Management of BCA, led by Mr. Gopal Bhora, allegedly a faction group. It has been contended that despite declaration of this committee of BCA as illegal by the BCA Ombudsman, Retd. Justice Dharnidhar Jha, BCCI had named it to conduct domestic events of BCCI.

It was submitted that the Committee actually authorized to represent BCA was in fact created on June 23 in an annual general meeting of the association held on the same date. It was also submitted that BCCI had refused to accept its constitution or to grant any funds to BCA on account of internal faction and yet, a disqualified committee, whose office bearers had exceeded six years of tenure, was notified without even submitting their constitution. 

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