The Bombay High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) chief challenging two amendments brought out by BCCI in its rules allegedly to favour its President-in-exile N Srinivasan.
The HC ruling on the petition, filed by CAB chief Aditya Verma, could pave the way for Srinivasan to contest another term as BCCI president during elections in Chennai on November 20. (IPL Scam: Top 10 Developments)
A Division Bench headed by Justice Anoop Mohota refused to interfere with the decision of the BCCI's general body in carrying out the amendments in its rules, saying the plea was based on presumptions and assumptions which cannot be considered by the court in a Public Interest Litigation. (Supreme Court yet to read Mudgal probe report)
The Bench maintained the petitioner was a third party and not part of BCCI. Moreover, he was making allegations which were based not on his personal knowledge but on presumptions and assumptions which cannot be considered by the court.
The PIL had challenged an amendment to Clause 15 of BCCI's rules whereby the Zone-wise rotational policy of nominating Board President was revised.
According to the original rule, each Zone was to elect BCCI President by rotation, but the amendment provided that a Zone can nominate a person for the top post from outside its jurisdiction. The petition alleged this rule was amended to allegedly favour the veteran cricket administrator.
The PIL also questioned the change to regulation 6.2.4 which says except for Indian Premier League (IPL) and Champions League Twenty20, no administrator, officer, player or umpire shall have any direct or indirect commercial interest in matches or events conducted by the Board.
The petition alleged that IPL and CLT20 were deliberately left out in the amendment with a view to benefit Srinivasan.
However, the High Court was of the view that there was no need to interfere with the amendments carried out by BCCI, particularly as they were done in conformity with the laid down procedure and rules.
Hence, the Bench declined to strike down these changes in the Board's rules.