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Disqualified officials stalling Lodha reforms: CoA to Supreme Court

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New Delhi: In a scathing status report, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has described N. Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah as “disqualified office bearers with vested interest”, who are trying to stall implementation of Lodha reforms.

It is the fourth status report that has been submitted to the Supreme Court by the CoA. The earlier reports were filed on 27 February, 17 March and 7 April. The next hearing on the matter is scheduled for 14 July. The report praised acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary for trying to work towards implementation of reforms but accused treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary—a Srinivasan loyalist—of being a “mute spectator”.

The CoA also expressed its helplessness in building consensus among state units. Point seven in the report reads: “During the intervening period of three months since CoA filed third status report, every effort has been made by the CoA to build consensus among constituent members of BCCI for adoption of new BCCI constitution. The CoA held two meetings, on 6 May (a day before SGM) and 25 June (a day before SGM) in an attempt to build consensus but all these efforts were to no avail.”

“The SGM held on 26 June was manifestly disruptive. Before the meeting a substantial consensus has been arrived at as a result of mutual deliberations between CoA and various constituents members of BCCI.” Point nine mentioned former BCCI president Srinivasan and Shah, who have been kingpins of disruption.

“The SGM on 26 June was attended by various persons who are disqualified from being office bearers of BCCI and/or their respective state/member associations including N Srinivasan (represented TNCA) and Niranjan Shah (Saurashtra CA) amongst others.”

“Such disqualified persons have a vested interest in stalling implementation of judgement because if the judgement is implemented, such disqualified person will have to relinquish control over their respective state associations,” stated point 12.

The CoA has also submitted an audio file that indicates that during the 26 June meeting, some disqualified members “tried to hijack” the meeting. The CoA also mentioned that state units are trying to find a way to accommodate disqualified people as the SC order only speaks of debarring disqualified office bearers from attending the BCCI meetings.

However, people like Shah without holding any post are taking advantage as there is no definition of status of an ordinary member for attending BCCI SGM. Shah was a special invitee at the SGM courtesy being a member of the special committee, formed for the implementation of reforms. The CoA also informed that BCCI is yet to appoint an Ombudsman since September 2016. An Ombudsman is necessary for dealing with cases of Conflict of Interest.

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