The BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel on Wednesday lashed out at former India opener and Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) joint secretary Anshuman Gaekwad and his faction for doing "vendetta politics" to keep him out of the state cricket body's managing committee. (Also Read: Sanjay Patel Accused of Misleading Media With Wrong Statement)
Patel was reacting after Chief Judicial Magistrate of Vadodara rejected his plea to reinstate him as managing committee member and secretary of Baroda Cricket Association.
The managing committee of Baroda Cricket Association had removed Patel on the basis of memorandum of association and rules and regulations of BCA for qualifying a managing committee member status. Later, Patel filed two regular suits asking for relief and asking to be reinstated as member of managing committee and secretary of BCA.
"If Anshuman Gaekwad is saying that my appointment in BCA's managing committee is illegal, then I would like to ask as to what is the legality of his appointment in the same committee. Anshuman and his group are doing vendetta politics but they won't be successful," a fuming Patel, who is also BCA joint secretary, told PTI on Wednesday. (Read: 'No AGM Till Srinivasan is Back From Suspension')
He said he plans to appeal to Gujarat High Court challenging BCA decision after city civil court in Vadodara dismissed his plea.
"I will be appealing in Gujarat High Court. The situation is such that there can't be any out of court settlement with Anshuman and his group," said BCCI secretary.
Patel later said, "These people are questioning the legality of my managing committee membership. I have been member of various sub-committees since the year 2000. If they are deemed illegal, then so is Anshuman's appointment. It's internal politics of Baroda cricket where myself and Samarjeetsinh Gaekwad are on one side while Anshuman and Chirayu Amin are on the other side."
"Asked why he thought that there was vendetta politics against him in BCA, Patel gave a straight forward reply.
"I had objected about some financial transaction and I became unpopular with a few people. I did what I found was right," Patel said.
He also said that questioning the legality of his BCCI secretary's post was also not correct.
"I was made the secretary of the BCCI as I had approval from states like Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Odisha. I became secretary of BCCI as per constitution of the board. They can never question the legality of my BCCI appointment," Patel said.
It must be noted that in case of an election in BCCI, the person who will vote from Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) will be chosen from the managing committee of the association.
However, Patel, a known Srinivasan loyalist could represent any of the other states from TN strongman's faction at the AGM. If there are no elections at the AGM, he will in any case be present as the secretary of the BCCI.
(With inputs from PTI)