There is a matter of amendment in the constitution related to the tenure of office bearers
Supreme Court bench adjourned the matter for Thursday
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah will continue in their posts if the amendment is made.
New Delhi. The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing on a plea by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seeking amendments to the constitution with regard to the tenure of office bearers, including president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah. A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli adjourned the matter for Thursday. Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the BCCI, had sought adjournment of the hearing.
The counsel appearing for the Bihar Cricket Association said that the office-bearers are continuing their term while technically their term is over. The bench said, ‘Tomorrow, nothing will happen in one day. what’s the rush?’
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy also appeared to seek his approval to make himself a party in the matter. back before BCCI Agreed for emergency hearing on the petition of. The BCCI is seeking approval to amend its constitution with regard to the tenure of its office bearers.
Senior advocate PS Patwalia, appearing for BCCI, submitted that his application was filed two years ago. The court had directed to list the matter after two weeks. Patwalia said, ‘After this the case could not be listed due to Kovid (pandemic). Please list this matter for emergency hearing as the amendment to the constitution is awaited for 2 years.’
Patwalia said that in the earlier order of the court, it was said that amendment in the constitution can be done only after the approval of the court. Earlier, a committee headed by Justice RM Lodha had recommended reformative steps in BCCI, which was accepted by the apex court.
As per the recommendations, the office-bearers at the state cricket association or BCCI level will have to go through a three-year break after a tenure of six years. The BCCI, in its proposed amendment, has sought approval to do away with the break time for its office bearers so that BCCI President Ganguly and Secretary Shah can continue in their posts even after completing six years in the respective state cricket associations.
According to the constitution of BCCI approved by the Supreme Court, if an office-bearer completes two consecutive terms of three years in the State Cricket Association or BCCI, then he will have to take a mandatory break of three years. Ganguly was an office-bearer in the Cricket Association of Bengal while Shah was an office-bearer in the Gujarat Cricket Association.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 20, 2022, 17:42 IST