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Status Report: COA seeks removal of BCCI office-bearers

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

At loggerheads with the current set of office-bearers, the (CoA) today sought their removal, citing the end of their tenures as per constitution.

The CoA also asked for apex court's direction on having an AGM without formal adoption of the new constitution as per recommendation.

The two-member CoA comprising and Diana Edulji, today filed their seventh status report in the Supreme Court, where they have recommended election for fresh set of office-bearers by removing CK Khanna, and

The CoA has also recommended removal of Rajeev Shukla, stating that he has also outlived his tenure.

The relations between office-bearers and CoA have hit an all-time low. While the SC-appointed committee has constantly accused the office-bearers of delaying implementation of Lodha Reforms, the latter feel that have overstepped the brief given to them as per Apex Court's verdict.

The CoA in its report cited Rule 15 (i) of existing constitution which states: "The election of Office Bearers and vice-presidents shall be held at the AGM of the Board every year. The office bearers and vice so elected will hold office for three years."

The CoA then gave the full list of office bearers elected during its 85th AGM in Chennai in March, 2015 where was elected as the

Accordingly, as per existing constitution, the tenure of all office-bearers, elected during the AGM will end their term on March 1, 2018.

Subsequently in the next two and half years, Dalmiya passed away, resigned while Anurag Thakur was ousted by the

Accordingly, Khanna as the senior-most and Chaudhary as the took over as and respectively while Aniruddh continued as as per order on January 2, 2017.

The CoA wrote "In our respectful understanding the aforesaid order dated January 2, 2017 passed by the Hon'ble does not deal with issue of tenure of office bearers. The said order provides that i) the senior most shall perform duties of president. ii) shall perform duties of secretary. iii) other office-bearers shall continue, all subject to conditions stipulated therein. Accordingly, if the respective terms of senior-most and have expired, they cannot continue to perform their duties of the respectively."

They also mentioned that Shukla as Governing Council was given an extension at the 87th AGM of BCCI in September, 2016 for a period of one year.

The CoA stated that Shukla's term has already ended on September 20, 2017 and there is a need to select fresh set of office-bearers.

However it is a given that the three office-bearers will challenge CoA recommendations as they are ready with instances where and his committee did not adhere to standard protocol of calling general body meetings on policy decisions.

A in the know of things told PTI: "The CoA on one hand quotes the existing BCCI constitution for removal of the office-bearers but at the same time does not summon general body on policy matters. The Players' Central contract should have been placed at the GB. Similarly all the major appointments -- ACU office, GM (marketing), GM (Operations) should have been done in consultation with general body. So on one hand, you cite BCCI constitution to remove them and on other hand bypass it on policy matters.

"Also, Rai started interfering in technical cricketing matters, which certainly wasn't his domain. A question can be asked about how come, he was asking questions on cricketing issue where as the mandate was to implement recommendations," the fumed.

A fresh war is on the anvil after BCCI Chaudhary has refused to sign the central contracts stating that the office bearers were kept in the dark. His allegations were countered by COA member Diana Edulji, who accused the of sitting on contracts despite repeated feelers being sent to them.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 19:55 IST