On Wednesday, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has given a show cause notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) office-bearers over its Special General Meeting’s (SGM) judgment not to allow CEO Rahul Johri to attend the proceedings.
The CoA harassed that the decision taken by the BCCI was in breach of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee’s directive that mandated Johri’s presence. The BCCI acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry had asked to give details the violation by 5 pm on July 31st if failing “action as it considers appropriate could be taken.
The CoA gave a notice in a statement that “The order dated 24th July 2017 passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court (“Order”) only prohibits person other than office bearers of the Member Associations from attending the SGM as nominees or representatives of such Member Association. By no stretch of imagination can the Order be construed as prohibiting the CEO of BCCI from attending the SGM.”
According to the reports, it is learnt that before start of the meeting acting secretary Choudhary read out the court order. The order says that “The meeting shall be attended only by the Office Bearers of the Associations, not by nominees or representatives.”
Johri has left the boardroom, without raising a quarrel and drawing the members’ attention towards the CoA directive matter on April 6. “The CEO shall be entitled to be present in any such meeting.”
The Punjab Cricket Association RP Singla and a representative from Orissa Cricket Association need to withdraw due to lack of clearness over their office-bearer status.
The official said in a statement to The Indian Express, “The Supreme Court order said only the office-bearers will attend; not even the nominees or representatives (of the state associations). Now I want to know, do they (CoA) thing that their directions are greater than the Supreme Court order?”
“And if the court has told us, you shall have the meeting at that time; we don’t even have the option to adjourn and confirm, or seek clarification from the court. Otherwise, somebody would have sought clarification on Justice Vikramajit Sen (his presence on behalf of the DDCA) also. The secretary said the strict interpretation (of the order) we will go by and that’s why all staff must go.”