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SC asks Delhi HC to deal with draft constitution for DDCA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today said the High will deal with the implementation of the Justice committee recommendations on reforms in the and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

A bench comprising Chief Justice and justices A M Khanwilkar and inquired from the counsel of the DDCA's administrator as to whether the draft constitution of the cricket body has been submitted in the high

"This court feels it appropriate to ask the high court to deal with the draft constitution (of the DDCA) in the backdrop of the Lodha committee report," the bench said.

It asked senior advocate Datar, appearing for Kumar Sharma, a former DDCA joint secretary and current member, to apprise it on November 28 whether the draft constitution has been filed in the high court or not.

Sharma has assailed the high court order appointing retired apex court judge Justice Vikramajit Sen as the new administrator of the DDCA.

Advocate Rahul Mehra alleged that the DDCA's funds have been siphoned off during last three years and proxy voting had been allowed in polls of the cricket body.

The apex court on July 14 had issued notice to the Centre and the DDCA on the plea filed by Sharma.

"Solicitor General of India Ranjit Kumar being assisted by advocate R Bala accepts notice on behalf of the Union of India... As far as respondent no 1 (DDCA) is concerned, issue notice returnable within three weeks," the bench had said.

The high court's directions had come on the DDCA's petition against property tax demanded by the municipal corporation from 2010 onwards with regard to the stadium and seeking clearances to hold matches there.

The apex court had asked how can a matter of property tax be converted into a public interest litigation.

Sharma, in his appeal, has challenged the high court's January 30 order appointing Justice Sen as the new administrator of the DDCA, replacing retired Justice Mukul Mudgal who did not wish to continue in the post.

The HC had also ordered audit of the accounts of the years of 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 of the DDCA by an external auditor.

In a detailed verdict, it had issued a slew of directions, including amendment of Articles of Association of the DDCA, by incorporating clauses on capping age of members as well as on their tenure.

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First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 19:57 IST