‘There is nothing in the BCCI rules that can prevent the meeting from being held’
In his riposte to the Committee of Administrators’ directive to the BCCI staff to stay away from the BCCI Special General Meeting convened in New Delhi on June 22, the BCCI’s acting-secretary Amitabh Choudhary has said that the import of the communication to the BCCI staff is against the extant Rules and Regulations of the BCCI and hence untenable.
The CoA — which has been reduced to two members in former CAG Vinod Rai and former India women’s team captain Diana Edulji — has reckoned that the BCCI has convened the SGM without taking prior approval and hence has defied the directions it issued in March.
Choudhary believes that the “real reason” behind the CoA’s communication to the BCCI staff and marked to the three BCCI office-bearers is “to prevent the general body from discussing issues in which the decisions taken by the CoA, whimsically, arbitrarily, opaquely and without any authority and even by keeping the office-bearers in the dark regarding the same. “Among other items on the agenda were the domestic schedule wherein the inclusion of Bihar (in the Ranji Trophy) is mandated by the Supreme Court and also large-scale irregular appointments made on various posts in the BCCI having huge financial ramifications.”
In conclusion Choudhary has beseeched the CoA “to act in accordance with law, Rules and Regulations of the BCCI as well as the orders of the apex court, and desist from hindering the lawful functioning of the BCCI.”